Several African countries cling to the corrupting brutality of colonial legislation. To my disappointment, not even SA — with its widely admired constitution — can be regarded as fully exempt.

I’ve been rereading an advisory opinion delivered a month ago by the African Court on Human & Peoples’ Rights. It examines whether vagrancy laws in AU countries infringe the human rights norms of the African Charter on Human & Peoples’ Rights and other instruments that these countries signed up to when they joined the 55-member organisation...

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