Kimi Makwetu embodied the values of integrity, selflessness, humility and hard work. He steadfastly believed in the South African constitution.
The proposed new law has a long history. The country has been trying for almost 12 years now to come up with expropriation legislation that is in line with the constitution.
A realignment is needed as the current systems have lost the competence to midwife a new nation out of the formative experiences of the last 25 years.
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.
While restrictions on civil and political liberties may be necessary to protect lives, human rights law requires that they go no further than what's strictly necessary to achieve this goal.
Mandela left at the right time in 1999, when the country still seemed in a healthy state, after which he consolidated his international reputation.
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 South African National Defence Force has suffered from terrible neglect over the past 25 years of democracy.
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.
Objections raised about the school syllabus by parents, schools and civil society point to a bigger problem with the state.
South Africa's parliamentary system would make it difficult to achieve a fusion of parties.
Using the military continuously in internal roles for which it is not structured, funded or trained simply speeds up its decline.
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.
South Africa's rural communities where mining licenses have been granted are often excluded from consultations and bear the brunt having their environment and livelihoods destroyed.
The contested law also defines the jurisdiction of traditional leaders in terms of territory. But traditional community boundaries are actually set by personal relationships.
Ramaphosa couldn't appoint people with a cloud over their heads, especially given his stated commitment to a clean and effective government.