According to recent media reports, it appears that it has only recently dawned upon certain people* that we, the citizens of South Africa, are governed by our courts and not by the Government and/or Parliament.
On p33 of Servamus: October 1997, an article entitled "The new Constitution and the security officer", written by Pollex, was published.
Towards the end of the article, Pollex inter alia, remarked that "from the preceding it is clear that the highest authority who decides our destiny [Afrikaans: ‘lot/noodlot/bestemming’], are the courts and their guidelines (so to speak) are the Bill of Rights. Phrased simplistically: The courts and not Parliament govern us".
Pollex concluded, inter alia, that "the rights contained in the Bill of Rights are of course commendable, but unfortunately some of our fellow citizens apparently don't realise or know that, for every right, there exists and obligation (Afrikaans: ‘verpligting’). In other words if X has a right to life (section 11), everyone else has an obligation to respect it and not kill X. Likewise, if X has a right not to be deprived of his property (section 25), then everyone else has an obligation to respect it and not steal or rob X's property. This obligation to respect another's rights, is what is commonly referred to as "establishing (in South Africa) a culture of human rights". Alas, judging from the current crime situation we are far from it!
Be again reminded that the latter remarks were made during October 1997*. Since then, what is the crime situation now in July 2017?
(Particulars in square brackets inserted while particulars in round brackets are part of the original Servamus text.)
* Dawned upon certain people is in Afrikaans: "Daar het vir hulle 'n lig opgegaan."
* The Constitution of the RSA, 1996 (note the correct citation) came into operation on 4 February 1997.