Alas, we all have our political views. Even newspaper editors. In commenting upon the outcome of a special general meeting of one of our law societies relating to sections 10 and 29 of the General Law Amendment Act, 1969, a Transvaal daily suggested that members of the society were influenced by their political views rather than by the dispassionate approach to be expected of lawyers. Dare we suggest that the conclusions of the editor concerned may possibly have been coloured by his own political inclinations?
I have borrowed the title for this talk from a book called ""The Crime of Punishment"" by Dr. Karl Menninger, the eminent American psychiatrist. It is not my philosophy that punishment is a crime. It is my belief, however that the methods we adopt to control crime require constant scrutiny. It is also my contention that some of our punitive measures are not only inefficient but unsuccessful and certainly wasteful.
Hoeveel vierkante meter is gelykstaande aan 25,740 Kaapse vierkante voet? Hoeveel hektare is gelykstaande aan 2974.1209 morge? U weet nie. WeI vanaf 1 Januarie 1970 sal u die antwoorde moet ken want vanaf daardie datum word die metrieke stelsel toegepas in soverre dit mate betref.
It is appropriate at this stage to put the controversy which has found vociferous expression in the press, concerning sections 10 and 29 of the General Law Amendment Act, 1969, and the activities of the Transvaal Law Society in connection with this matter, in perspective.