Pierre de Vos

Transformation of rugby needs quotas

OK, let me be brave and write about something I am not supposed to know much about, namely rugby. (After all, I supported the Springboks because of JP Pietersen’s sexy legs.) These are the facts: only two of the regular players in the World Cup-winning Springbok rugby team are not lily-white. At the same time,…

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Hlophe to blame for damage to judiciary

Who is to blame for the stress placed on the judiciary and the legal profession by the saga around Cape Judge President John Hlophe? The National Association for Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) seems to suggest that those who had criticised the original decision of the Judicial Services Commission not to pursue the complaint against Judge Hlophe…

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Elites, chattering classes scared of the people?

Reading the papers can be scary. Earlier this week, while attending a conference in The Hague, I read in the London Guardian about a country where the most popular political interviewer was fired from his job at a TV station because of pressure from the president of the country. For the liberals and the opposition…

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Ginwala inquiry probably illegal

If I were the legal adviser to suspended National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli — and if my client had very deep pockets — I would immediately have lodged an application in the Constitutional Court challenging the legality of the inquiry now conducted by Frene Ginwala on behalf of President Thabo Mbeki. It seems…

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Goodbye rule of law, hello national security state?

It suddenly struck me this morning that we might be living through another HIV/Aids denialist moment. Has the president, in his all-knowing wisdom, decided that his police chief (who has admitted to a friendship with a confessed murderer, “finish and klaar”) is being framed by the Dark Lord Syron or other forces hell-bent on destroying…

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President Mbeki owes us an explanation

The suspension by President Thabo Mbeki of Vusi Pikoli, the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), is a potentially earth-shattering event for our democracy. In the present political climate in which suspicions thrive and every action by the president will rightly or wrongly be viewed as a move in the ongoing succession battle, presidential interference…

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