There is a time and place to cite SA’s constitution. When someone undermines your human dignity, say; or when you experience discrimination on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation; or when your freedom of expression is unfairly stifled. I realise now that my right to bring a cup of takeaway coffee onto the Ster Kinekor premises at Rosebank Mall was not a constitutional hill on which I should have declared myself willing to die. One always sees clearly in retrospect. So this is a public apology to the Ster Kinekor employees whose otherwise pleasant day was stained by my caffeine rights grandstanding. Happily, the slightly absurd episode with which my movie-going experience commenced was appropriate preparation for the film that followed. Adam McKay’s Vice, about former US vice-president and general bad-guy Dick Cheney, is centrally concerned with the uses and abuses of constitutional interpretation. Through his idiosyncratic and cynical reading of the US constitution, Che...

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