Apart from the bigger local and international newspapers and agencies, the only two South Africans I religiously follow on Twitter are a wonderful agricultural economist called Wandile Sihlobo (@WandileSihlobo) and Pierre de Vos, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Cape Town (@pierredevos). Yesterday, on Twitter, I got something of a dressing down from De Vos. In a way it is a pleasure being corrected by someone who knows what they are talking about and I have too much respect for the man to engage in a Twitter exchange that I would probably have lost but from which no-one ever emerges with much credit.Anyway, the thing was this. Gareth van Onselen had retweeted some paragraphs of my Business Day column of last Friday, where I suggested the constitutional court, having called the department of social security to answer questions this week, should itself be obliged to answer some questions. Broadly, my question to the court was: “What took you so long?” You would h...

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