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.
The policy and law applying to refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa is largely progressive. But, in practice, they continue to endure hardship and unfair treatment by officials.
For the first time since the end of apartheid in 1994, citizens have had to accept stringent restrictions on their normal civil liberties.
The proposed amendment to the constitution represents a critical juncture in South African constitutional politics.
Objections raised about the school syllabus by parents, schools and civil society point to a bigger problem with the state.
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.