We still suffer from apartheid's lack of accountability

2017-10-13 08:42

We are seeing the re-emergence of a new version of “no one to blame”. You can be found to have violated the Constitution, but you can easily apologise for causing “frustration”, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Public Protector told to reflect on conduct in scathing judgment

2017-08-15 14:59

The Public Protector risks the charge of hypocrisy and incompetence if she fails to hold herself to an equal or higher standard than those subject to her rulings, says Judge John Murphy.

Secret ballot: Mantashe's decree is unlawful

2017-08-04 08:00

Rules of political parties must be consistent with the Constitution which is our supreme law. Gwede Mantashe’s elevation of party above the Constitution is unconstitutional, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Busisiwe’s bizarre outcome

2017-06-25 07:24

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s unexplained digression into monetary policy and the Constitution this week is not the only strange outcome of her report on the 1985 bailout of Bankorp.

How ANC presidential elections trump SA’s Constitution

2017-06-01 12:30

When there’s consensus between the ANC and state presidents there is no problem. But when there is tension, the constitutional authority of Parliament is directly undermined, writes Roger Southall.

Constitution will sink motion of no confidence

2017-05-15 08:38

There are many reasons why the motion of no confidence will likely remain the motion of no consequence. A tradition of executive dominance is one of them, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Power lies in the ballot

2017-05-07 06:25

Calls by many South Africans for President Zuma to step down disrespect the power of the voters and undermine our hard-won Constitution, writes Ken Sibanda.

South Africa has a model Bill of Rights. But it doesn’t feel that way

2017-03-17 12:19

As South Africa marks Human Rights Day and the 20th anniversary of its Constitution it's a good time to reflect on the problems it faces in making constitutional rights a reality, writes Sandra Liebenberg.

FIC Bill: Zuma has one of two choices

2017-02-21 16:06

Parliament has passed amendments to the Financial Intelligence Centre Bill, leaving the president with the choice to either sign it into law or refer it to the Constitutional Court.

Patrick McLaughlin: FICA may trigger end-game for Zuma

2017-01-30 15:52

Zuma’s paper shuffle with the FICA documents suggests that there might be others who have not yet been identified, have a lot to lose and who need to hide.


Giliomee: SA needs different constitution to address economic crisis properly

2017-09-08 06:00

Without a more suitable constitution SA will never be able to address the economic crisis properly, says historian and political scientist Hermann Giliomee.

How will you vote, Lindiwe Sisulu?

2017-08-06 06:06

Dear Lindiwe ,I would like you to detail how you would pull South Africa out of a crippling recession, return hope to the millions of South Africans who remain unemployed, writes Ghaleb Cachaila.

We must give life to the Constitution

2017-07-16 06:35

If we are to live the Constitution and give it life, we must consider that many institutions, must be protected and transformed, writes Sello Hatang.

'Public Protector misconstrued her powers with SARB' - Constitutional law expert

The Public Protector's recommendation that Parliament amend a paragraph in the Constitution that removes reference to "protect the value of the currency", has caused an outcry from several quarters this week. Analyst Phephelaphi Dube weighs in. Watch.

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The Brian Molefe saga is a flagrant violation of constitutional principles

2017-05-25 08:20

If Brian Molefe and Eskom could at the very least decide on a story and stick with it, that would be the very least of their problems, writes Phephelaphi Dube.

EDITORIAL: Follow systems in place

2017-05-14 09:30

Our democracy is hailed as an example of how oppressors and the oppressed can live side by side after the establishment of a democratic dispensation.

Are begging women with kids of a lesser God?

2017-04-09 06:13

Women with children begging on the side of the road are a sight that evokes an emotional response and an ethical dilemma, which is agonising for those with a conscience, writes Mbuyiselo Botha.

The phoney land grab call

2017-03-05 08:42

Were he alive today, Arthur Chaskalson, our first chief justice, would probably be having a near apoplectic fit at the debate about expropriation of land with compensation, writes Terry Bell.

Anthea Jeffery: The ‘Hate’ Bill – Unnecessary, unconstitutional and likely to be deeply damaging

2017-01-31 12:38

Provisions in the Hate bill will lend credence to ANC assertions that white racism is the key reason for persistent poverty rather than more salient factors, says an analyst.

How to avoid another year of political insanity

2017-01-04 15:45

SA must urgently launch a formal review of our Constitution and 2017 must be dedicated to making effective accountability to the people a political reality, says an analyst.

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