n South African Law Journal - Striking a balance between the will of the people and the supremacy of the Constitution : notes

Volume 129, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



The Chinese curse goes, 'may you live in interesting times'. We certainly do live in tumultuous times in South Africa. It is so that every dawn is a new day. But in our country every dawn seems to pose trenchant questions about our polity. The questions are about our society in transition, about good governance, about the effectiveness of constitutionally ordained public institutions, about our unequal society and its proxy of race, about an economy that creates wealth but not jobs, about fair labour practices and higher productivity, about meaningful access to social goods and services - education, health and housing - for vulnerable groups, about corruption and efficient use of public resources, about free expression and an open society, about the potency of civil society, about the environment and about everything else. There are clearly more questions than answers.

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