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Its going to be a long, slow erosion of the Rule of Law by the Legal Practice Council

The rule of law is not eroded overnight It is eroded incrementally, cumulatively, by infinitesimal failures and errors that seem of no real significance. And besides a grumble or two, no-one treats those infinitesimal failures as important. Let me take … Continue reading

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SA Indexed Gazettes August 2019

The index of  Gazette notices for August 2019 is available. Both the South African National Gazette and the Provincial Gazettes for all nine provinces are indexed on a monthly basis and are currently available on a free to access basis … Continue reading

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Commencement conundrums of Act 29 of 1999

TL;DR: The failure to understand the commencement rule in section 81 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, puts the rule of law at risk at its most fundamental level, is demonstrated by teasing apart the fantastical … Continue reading

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Drafting breakable law

The art of drafting the impossible Section 8 of the National Health Amendment Act 12 of 2013 requires that the words “Office of Health Standards Compliance” be inserted after the words “Nelson Mandela Museum, Umtata” in Part A of Schedule … Continue reading

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Disappearing Acts, and the rule of law

Unpublished amending Acts and amended Acts In general, publishers of legislation list amending Acts amongst their lists of Acts, but don’t publish their texts, or their Gazette publication details. Nor do they publish amended versions of Acts amended by amending … Continue reading

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