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.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has performed remarkably well in protecting democracy since 1995.
South Africa's copyright law must not continue ignoring the principles of fair use.
South Africa has made progress towards interrupting the looting of land by chiefs, state officials and mining capital.
Prevailing patriarchal and cultural norms in some societies prevent women victims of sexual crimes from talking out by shaming them.
Moyane's axing ends one of the last vestiges of Zuma's continued influence in the country's governance.
Unrealistic expectations about what commissions can achieve comes from the fact that they're often confused with courts of law.
Social media presents new challenges in sensitive cases but media houses must stick to the law.
Calls to impose harsh prison sentences for verbal crimen injuria are often premised on the need to deter such behaviour.
Data from victim and crime perception surveys help make sense of South Africa's crime statistics.
The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.
The Constitutional Court judgment is to be applauded for doing away with the assumption that marijuana use by adults in private is always wrong.