Adriaan Basson | The white elephant in the troubled JSC room

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Judge David Unterhalter is widely recognised as one of the top lawyers ever produced by South Africa. Photo: Theana Breugem
Judge David Unterhalter is widely recognised as one of the top lawyers ever produced by South Africa. Photo: Theana Breugem

Reaction to the omission of David Unterhalter for the Constitutional Court Bench shortlist sent shockwaves through the legal establishment, black and white, writes Adriaan Basson.

Sixty-five years ago, on 26 June 1955, the Congress of the People, led by the ANC and its allies in the struggle against apartheid, adopted the Freedom Charter as the roadmap to what a democratic South Africa would ultimately look like.

When the ANC finally came to power in 1994, and the process of writing a Constitution began, the Freedom Charter was a guiding light to the writers of our seminal birth document.

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