Interesting article from the Mail & Guardian on the state of judicial independence in South Africa. Citing comments from the Western Cape Premier, Hellen Zille, it suggests the judiciary is becoming a tool of internal party machinations. A way to keep Zuma inline and to quickly remove him should the political winds change.

The relationship between legal institutions and politics is something I plan to look at as part of my DPhil research, and South Africa could potentially be one of my case studies. ┬áStill, it’s (very) early days.

I don’t think anyone reads this blog, but, should they, I’d appreciate any suggestions for further reading on South African legal politics specifically as well as law and politics more generally…