s South African Journal on Human Rights - The Judiciary in South Africa, Cora Hoexter and Morné Olivier (Eds.) : book review

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-7203
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2126



This is such a good book that I have two copies: one in my office and the other one at home. One I consult for solid, current scholarship on the judiciary, the other I simply read for pleasure. My reading an academic work as entertainment (I confess I seldom or never do this) may well be irrefutable proof that I have succumbed either to middle age, middle-class pretentiousness or academic eccentricity. On the other hand, as I console myself, it really is a very good read. Not only because the elegant and eloquent writing so clearly bears the hallmarks of the (in)famous Hoexter editorial hand, but few lawyers can remain indifferent to the intriguing questions of who gets appointed to which bench, who hands down which judgments on which political issues and who agrees or disagrees with whom. The book concerns both the salacious subjects of daily legal gossip around the tea urn and the complicated, contested and serious issues which are crucial to the future of the country.

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