n SA Crime Quarterly - Courts as a site of struggle : challenges to the rule of law in South Africa - : editorial

Volume 2014, Issue 50
  • ISSN : 1991-3877



It is both ironic and fitting that this 50th edition of has a strong legal focus, since over the past few years South Africans have increasingly turned to the courts to resolve and adjudicate issues that arguably should have been resolved by other means. While a positive interpretation of this is that the courts and the judiciary have retained the confidence of South Africans, it also suggests that we have run out of other options, and seem unable to resolve political and other crises through negotiation and compromise. This is additionally ironic, since our ability to peacefully negotiate ourselves out of apartheid meant the South African transitional process and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were hailed as a success all over the world.

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