“Wow,” read a tweet posted on Monday by Edward Snowden, the American whistle-blower, now exiled in Russia, who five years ago leaked classified information from the National Security Agency.

Snowden was reacting to reports of a judgment by Roland Sutherland in the Pretoria high court the same day, declaring unconstitutional bulk surveillance as well as various aspects of SA’s surveillance legislation, the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication‑Related Information Act (Rica) of 2002.

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