Author Archives: Lauren Kohn

Interviews held for aspiring Supreme Court of Appeal Judges

The Judicial services commission is deliberating on the future of the Supreme Court, it held interviews in Cape Town. Lauren spoke to the SABC News contributing Editor, Vuyo Mvoko, who was in Cape Town and who sat in on the interview process regarding the process. Hopes, fears and aspirations. The possible future of SA Courts,… Read More »

International Symposium: African Justice Mechanisms & their interplay with the ICC

On 22-24 Macrh 2016, UCT Law Faculty in conjunction with the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability and the Wayamo Foundation hosted an International Symposium on African justice mechanisms and their interplay with the International Criminal Court. The keynote address was given by Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, President of the ICC. Speakers included, amongst… Read More »

Human Rights Day

This day, Human Rights Day, I struggle to find my own words in the wake of all that has transpired recently in our country. So, I turn to our Constitution and the powerful words in its Preamble: “We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice… Read More »

International Women’s Day

So today is International Women’s Day and I have been doing a bit of thinking on this score. Firstly let me say that I understand feminism to mean, as Merriam Webster defines it, “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” – rather than an extreme bra-burning notion that some people… Read More »

Mbeki guilty of misinterpreting the Law, Mail & Guardian, February 2016

Thabo Mbeki’s latest attempt at historical revisionism falls horribly short of the legal mark. The former President published a letter on his Facebook page last week entitled, ‘Behind the narrative of the abuse of state power was a larger goal’. In revisiting – nearly a decade after the fact – his notorious decision to remove… Read More »

Molusi and Others v Voges N.O. and Others (CCT96/15) [2016] ZACC 6 (1 March 2016)

Update re yesterday’s Constitutional Court judgment: ” The constitutional imperatives in section 26(3), given effect to by ESTA, must be borne in mind. That sub-provision demonstrates special constitutional regard for a person’s place of abode. As this Court said in PE Municipality, the sub-provision— ‘acknowledges that a home is more than just a shelter from… Read More »