Protests outside the constitutional court at its decision to grant parole to Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus.
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The court should have given the public a much clearer understanding of how it came to its decision, and what consideration it had given to public opinion.
Protesters demonstrate outside the high court in Cape Town against parole for Janusz Walus.
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The decision is likely to be relied on by courts to order the Department of Correctional Services to grant offenders parole.
South African soldiers interrogate a pedestrian outside a mall in Soweto.
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After 1994 efforts were made to embed democracy. The focus was on policy and institution-building. What was missing was ensuring all South Africans were on board.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma stands in the dock at a separate trial at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in May.
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South Africa has many problems. But, as Jacob Zuma has found out, the strength of its rule of law and the independence of its judiciary should not be underestimated.
Judge Raymond Zondo, chair of the commission investigating grand corruption in South Africa, has been too polite with former state president Zuma.
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The Constitutional Court described Zuma’s lack of cooperation with the commission as “reprehensible”.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma at the Zondo Commission in July 2020.
Claiming a right to determine reality by mere say-so is becoming increasingly commonplace, but we should never get used to it.