Spaces like the agora is important for democracy because it allows for space where people can consider views other than their own. These public spaces, to follow from Aristotle, allows for the awareness of difference, a place where diverse people converse and intermingle in everyday life.
This was part of the issue in the South African Human Rights Commission case, delivered last week. The City of Cape Town argued that the structures the demolished were unoccupied, and as such do not fall under the provisions of PIE. Being unoccupied, there was nobody to evict. The applicants, however, argued that those evicted have been living in the structures (in other words, it was occupied), and therefore they are entitled to the protection of section 26 of the Constitution.
En dis ook waar die dans, soos die wawiel dans, baie simbolies raak. Dit maak die sirkel toe na binne. Dit is eksklusief. Dit is staties bewegend, om en om en om die as van die Afrikaner identiteit en mag.
Does the State of Disaster end by midnight tonight? There seems to be confusion on social media about 15th of August and the end of the State of Disaster. Despite some people stating that today marks the end of the “lockdown", all indications are that the State of Disaster will be extended and that we … Continue reading Why we will probably be in a State of Disaster for a while
Covid is also bringing about new challenges with regards to lawmaking. This is an article that I wrote a couple of months ago about how laws are made. The directives pose unique challenges, and I had so much fun writing this.
On the art of piling up books to read one day, and the comfort (and sometimes discomfort) it brings.
At the beginning of lockdown, a lawyer friend and sidekick of mine called. She helps many industries with compliance, so she has been busy during this time, trying to figure out what is allowed and what not and advising businesses how to prepare for the future. But that particular evening she sighed: “It is terrible. … Continue reading 19 Shades of Covid grief
What do we do if we don't agree with rules or laws? Do we follow them? Or do we break them? And is it ok?
We remain a Constitutional democracy during times of crisis. Values and principles that remain intact, unless we collectively give them up or change them. But the fundamental principles contained in the Constitution, as well as our Constitutional goals, should be guarded at these times.
A post on why using the metaphor of was is problematic to use when trying to manage a pandemic.