n Acta Juridica - Constitutional protection of the right to privacy : the contribution of Chief Justice Langa to the law of search and seizure : part III : reflections on themes in Justice Langa's judgments

Volume 2015, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1346
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2088



The right to privacy in s 14 of the Constitution includes the right not to have one's person or home searched, one's property searched, one's possessions seized, or the privacy of one's communications infringed. Chief Justice Langa wrote two landmark judgments of the Constitutional Court concerning constitutional protection of privacy in the context of search and seizure operations: concerning the constitutional validity of statutory provisions authorising the issue of search warrants to investigate serious crimes, and , concerning the constitutional validity of applications for search warrants, their terms, and the manner of their execution. This contribution explains the significance of these judgments, placing them in the context of the common law and the Constitution's protection of privacy more generally. In the final analysis, it becomes clear that Chief Justice Langa's contributions to this branch of the law were enormous and his erudition epitomised clarity.

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