judiciary

HSF Fights for Full Access to JSC Deliberations

Given the core role of the judiciary, the Helen Suzman Foundation wants to know exactly how appointments to the Bench are decided.

The battle for access to closed-door deliberations over the selection of candidates for the Western Cape Bench continues on 29 October 2014 in the Cape Town high court.

The Helen Suzman Foundation returned to court to ask for the right to appeal a judgment refusing it access.

Hlophe, Mdluli Cases Highlight Trend of Cover-Ups - FUL

Freedom Under Law (FUL) says the cases of former crime intelligence head General Richard Mdluli and Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, though unrelated, have highlighted what it calls “a disturbing trend of cover ups”.
 
FUL's former Constitutional Court Judge, Johan Kriegler, says both cases relate to very senior people in very responsible positions being involved in allegations of very serious misconduct.
 

Safer South Africa Foundation: Non-Executive Director

Safer South Africa Foundation is a relatively new NGO/Foundation that seeks to improve safety in our communities by helping reduce crime and road crash fatalities. The organisation develops programmes and opportunities to 'bridge the gap' between law enforcement agencies, police, correctional services, judiciary, traffic police and primarily under resourced and marginalised communities that often have little understanding of the services provided by these agencies or any understanding of their rights and indeed responsibilities.

Report Finds Continued Challenges With Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act

In 1998, the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) was enacted to afford victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from domestic abuse that the law can provide. The DVA enables victims of domestic abuse to apply for a protection order against an abuser. While the Act is an impressive piece of legislation, public hearings on the Act in 2009 raised a number of concerns by civil society on the Act’s implementation.

Africa Must Strengthen the International Criminal Court for its Own Sake

This week, the African Union (AU) will debate accountability for heads of state accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. But instead of discussing how to bring such individuals to justice, it seems the AU’s debate will consider how to ensure some of the accused escape accountability, or at least avoid trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
 

Matla A Bana: Play Therapist

Matla A Bana is a charity project initiated and managed by the Callie and Monique Strydom Charity Trust (www.strydomtrust.com). The Callie and Monique Trust were founded upon the return of Callie and Monique Strydom after a four-month hostage ordeal in Southeast Asia.

Matla A Bana seeks to appoint an Afrikaans speaking person as Play Therapist, based at Bellville Court, Cape Town.

The Appointment of New NPA Head Welcomed

The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) has welcomed the appointment of Mxolisi Nxasana as the new National Director of Public Prosecutions.

The association believes Nxasana's proven leadership capabilities, in-depth understanding of the South African legal system - criminal law in particular - and his unblemished track record will bring back the integrity, dignity and respect of the National Prosecuting Authority. BLA further states that if granted the space and necessary support, Nxasana will carry out his constitutional mandate without fear, favour or prejudice.

NGO Comments on the ‘Spy Tapes’ Saga

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says that the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) downplaying of a court order to hand over President Jacob Zuma ‘spy tapes’ is another sign of the lack of a permanent head of the NPA.

CASAC’s Lawson Naidoo, who argues that a proper head who is beyond political influence is very important, points out that, “…there is a sense of foot-dragging taking place and this calls into question the integrity of the NPA and whether they are acting out their constitutional mandate.”

Mogoeng Mogoeng's Comments a Matter of Deep Concern

The Centre for Constitutional Rights is deeply concerned about some of the comments made by Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, at the Advocates for Transformation's Annual General Meeting on 6 July 2013.

The Chief Justice has taken an oath ‘To administer justice to all persons alike, without fear, favour or prejudice in accordance with the Constitution and the law.’ 

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