Calls to impose harsh prison sentences for verbal crimen injuria are often premised on the need to deter such behaviour.
Data from victim and crime perception surveys help make sense of South Africa's crime statistics.
The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.
The Constitutional Court judgment is to be applauded for doing away with the assumption that marijuana use by adults in private is always wrong.
Justice Zondo needs to get under the skin of the politics of state capture in South Africa, to get on record what happened, and why.
Increasing police patrols won't solve South Africa's high rates of violent crime. Underlying problems need to be addressed.
The axing of the prosecutions head follows sweeping changes to other king positions in the security cluster by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
An effective, accountable National Prosecutions Authority needs at least two things: structural independence and competent personnel with expertise and integrity.
South Africa's Constitutional Court judgment shows concern that the independence of the country's prosecuting authority has been compromised.
Comic contracts can meet all the requirements for contracts to be legally binding.
An African court with international criminal jurisdiction which has been debated but never been put into operation could be an option if Africa withdraws from the ICC.
South Africa's constitution has been amended 17 times already. But, the procedure for doing so is onerous.
Legislation to control the private funding of political parties in South Africa is long overdue.
Class action is a newish feature within South Africa's legal landscape. Cases such as the silicosis matter are likely to influence many more.
Unexpressed racism may be even more dangerous if it's left lurking below the surface.
South Africans expect former president Zuma him to take responsibility and remedy his undemocratic and unconstitutional behaviour.
Some communities on South Africa's Platinum Belt have received substantial mining revenues, but these are controlled by chiefs.
Past cases indicate that verbal crimen injuria is not that serious. But a landmark sentence in South Africa has changed that.
In practice, land expropriation in South Africa will be a matter of deciding which descendants of the dispossessed are entitled to it.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma’s proposed prosecution is a welcome reaffirmation of the principle that all are equal before the law.