The recent furore over the remarks made by chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng brings to the fore critical issues pertaining to the status and governance of the judiciary in SA.

Our system of constitutional governance brings together three distinct but interdependent arms of the state — the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. They provide the building blocks for the checks and balances that are inherent in the constitutional architecture, to ensure that the supremacy of the constitution is respected and that any conduct inconsistent with the constitution or the law is challenged...

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