The first of a series of fatal flaws in the idea is about where to draw the line.
Clashes between mining companies and communities are often about the age-old question of whether mining, with its adverse impacts, can benefit the many or only a selected few.
South African neighbour law also requires property owners to tolerate a degree of nuisance from their neighbours.
Claiming a right to determine reality by mere say-so is becoming increasingly commonplace, but we should never get used to it.
The country's Constitution, as well as several court rulings, offer clear guidelines for how children's best interests should be managed and prioritised.
His appearance on behalf of the families of mine workers shot by the police at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry was just one of his efforts to seek justice for the poor and marginalised.
Given their ability to accept correction, children have a better claim to rehabilitation, reorientation and reintegration.
To afford sufficient protection to marginalised people in society - such as women in minority religious communities - the state must recognise and regulate religious marriages in a nuanced way.
South Africa's Constitutional Court verdict is possibly a defining moment for South Africa's electoral system.
The judgment creates a new layer of uncertainty in an already highly fluid situation and heaps further unwelcome pressure onto government.
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.