n South African Journal on Human Rights - People's Power and the Courts
Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture, 2011

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



The topic of my lecture is 'People's Power and the Courts'. In the mode of all good preachers, I start with a text. In fact I have three :

  1. The Freedom Charter proclaims: 'The People Shall Govern!'
  2. President Zuma, in his recent address in the National Assembly bidding farewell to Chief Justice Ngcobo and welcoming Chief Justice Mogoeng, said: 'The powers conferred on the courts cannot be regarded as superior to the powers resulting from a mandate given by the people in a popular vote'.
  3. The Constitution says that one of the founding values of the Republic of South Africa is 'a multi-party system of democratic government, to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness'.

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