The court says people need to be able to trust the government to abide by the rule of law, make rational regulations, and not intrude on the rights of those subject to the law.
For the first time since the end of apartheid in 1994, citizens have had to accept stringent restrictions on their normal civil liberties.
Refugee legislation introduced after the end of apartheid was lauded as being progressive. But implementation has fallen short of international standards.
The precedent-setting ruling may cause jitters in dysfunctional municipalities around the country.
Mining companies and some heritage consultants don't understand the sacredness attached to ancestral remains, and the meaning of land in African communities.
Marking the end of the Cold War offers the chance to reflect on the changes and continuities in African politics and international relations since 1989.
Research has a distinctive role to play because it gives pointers on what is needed to create long-term change.
As a branch of government, the courts must naturally be accountable for the exercise of their power. The means of achieving their accountability must be balanced against their necessary independence.
The Public Protector's Office has become embroiled in political scandals under the current incumbent, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
In this case, the appropriate conclusion about the Constitutional Court's finding against the Public Protector is that there's much to be comforted by.
The dilemma for Zuma and his legal team is this: by putting him on the witness stand, there is a risk that he would be found wanting, especially in terms of the detail of any matter.
The contested law also defines the jurisdiction of traditional leaders in terms of territory. But traditional community boundaries are actually set by personal relationships.
By placing less emphasis on public opinion, and questioning public morality as the basis of its decision, the latest High Court decision shows that times have indeed changed.
South Africa's law that regulates the Interception of communications is being challenged on the basis it can be abused by rogue elements in intelligence.
At local level some congregations are bravely creating alternative models where LGBTIQ people can feel safe and be accepted
The law aimed at fighting gangs lacks the power to disrupt their activities.
The state capture inquiry is a remarkable political as well as legal event.
Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
Villagers from a community in South Africa's Eastern Cape fought to be consulted and for the power to consent to mining their land.
Failure by South Africa's municipalities to provide housing for the poor violates a Constitutional Court ruling.