Hierdie is nie ‘n gewone “brug” nie. “Die brug (klub) is lankal opgebou” onder ons neuse”. Dit was deel van die brug om die land op ‘n skinkbord in 1994 te oorhandig. Lees maar die name wie teenwoordig was buite ons landsgrense, by Idasa, waar verskeie vergaderings agter ons rug gehou is. Die “brug” staan uit ‘n spesiaal uitgesoekte groep van mense, in die regsbank of advokate, wat al in 1971 die lig gesien het en na 1994 het dit voortbestaan. Lees gerus verder op meer skakels waar pas dit in – onafhanklik? Lees dit saam die sogenaamde “demokratiese” grondwet waar regters deur die ANC president aangestel word.
This is not an ordinary “bridge”. “The bridge has been built” under our noses ” a long time back. A co-incidence – It was part of the ‘bridge’ to hand the land over on a platter with KFC in 1994. Read the names that were present outside our borders, at Idasa, Dakar, Zambia, Germany, where several meetings took place behind our back.
The “bridge” is made up of a specially selected group of people, in the judiciary or advocates, who saw the light in 1971 and continued to exist after 1994. Read on for more links where it fits in – independently ? Read it together the so-called “democratic” constitution where judges are appointed by the ANC president. Court judgments made are never dignified and equal, one sings to kill Boers and gets away with it, while another chants the K word out and get R50000 or more fines and 3 years in prison Independent How does the constitution compare to the 1955 ANC manifesto?
Hofuitsprake wat gemaak word, is meestal eensydig en nooit menswaardig of gelyk nie en dit met ‘n onafhanklike regbank? Politieke leiers, Malema en Zuma sing om Boere te vermoor en kom weg daarmee, terwyl ‘n blanke die K- woord uiter en R50000 of meer boetegeld kry en of 3 jaar tronkstraf.
Het ons in Suid-Afrika ‘n onafhanklike regsbank as daar heeltyd dubbel standaarde is ?
Hoe vergelyk die grondwet met die 1955 ANC manifes?
“This problem of land will be resolved through adherence to the rule of law and adherence to the constitution,” Ramaphosa told lawmakers.
EXPROPRIATE – START AT THE TOP POSITIONS, NOT THE MIDDLE CLASS
Those in top management have to set the example to expropriate – this applies to all members as well as opposition parties of parliament, retired members of parliament, provincial ministers and directors, municipal councilors, mayors and all state entities, including their previous Management who made millions. Since 1994.
The ANC like Ramaphosa must distribute all its properties, farms, houses, cars, livestock and shares, as well as all their holiday homes and pensions to their workers.
Let the Oppenheimers, FW De Klerk, Motsepes, the Afrikanerbond members, Solidarity and Afriforum members and all then start together at the top and hand out their properties to the workers.
Let the Chinese and all others countries, who enter the country in this way share their wealth with the workers …
Do not forget the British empire that took the mines over since 1902 from especially the Boer Republics – what happened to all those gold and diamonds – went out of the country and we are sitting in poverty ?
HERVEREDELING MOET BEGIN WORD BY DIE TOPBESTUUR VAN DIE LAND – NIE MIDDELKLAS EN ARMES SE PENSIOENE NIE
Diegene in top bestuur met die voorbeeld stel – dit geld vir alle lede sowel opposisiepartye van parlement, afgetrede lede van die parlement, provinsiale ministers en direkteure, munisipale raadslede, burgemeesters en alle staatsentititeite, ook hul vorige Bestuur wat miljoene gemaak het.
Die ANC soos Ramaphosa moet al sy eiendomme, plase, huise, vee en aandele, sowel as al hul vakansiehuise en pensioene uitdeel aan hul werkers.
Laat die Oppenheimers, FW De Klerk, Motsepes, die Afrikanerbondlede, Solidariteit en Afriforumlede en almal dan mededeelsaam begin by top en uitdeel.
Laat die Chinese en al die ander lande,wat op hierdie manier die land binnekom hul rykdom met die werkers deel … waarom gaan alles landuit?
Vergeet nie die Britse ryk wat die goud en diamante (minerale)myne sedert 1902 oorgeneem het van veral die Boererepublieke nie – wat het met al daardie goud en diamante gebeur – hulle sit met al die goud en diamante, die geld, en ons sit in armoede?
Compare the 1955 ANC Freedom Charter with the SA constitution that was ratified in 1996.
1955 ANC Freedom Charter
What happened at Kliptown?
ANC Freedom charter 1955
Why expropriation – to discriminate, especially against Boers and Whites of this country.
Expropriation – Onteiening
More realities today – realiteite vandag
Velaphi Khumalo (haatspraak)
LEES MEER – 2019
“Hate speech” Hate crimes Bill
WHY ALL THE LIES?
Coligny leuens – lies
The Johannesburg Society of Advocates (“JSA”) seeks to participate in the public debate around the appointment of candidates for judicial appointment through the provision of comments on the candidates for judicial appointment. This is done by the JSA as part of its commitment to participatory democracy. These comments are published on the website of the JSA with the consent and knowledge of the Judicial Services Commission.
In South Africa, the earliest record of a practising advocate, is that of Jacob van Heurn, who was admitted in 1688 as an advocate and a notary in the Cape. Some 99 years ago, on 7th June 1902, the Constitution of the Order of Advocates of the Transvaal was adopted in Pretoria. That society included advocates who practised also in Johannesburg, and that date is regarded as the birthday of the Johannesburg Bar. There are today more than 2000 practising advocates in South Africa. More than 90% of them are members of societies of advocates at the major centres such as Pretoria, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Bisho, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Mafikeng, and Cape Town. These societies are all affiliated to the General Council of the Bar of South Africa.
Members of the Johannesburg Bar have traditionally established Groups, akin to sets in the English Bar. The Bridge Group was founded in 1971 in Innes Chambers, and by convention, styled themselves by their address, Group 444. One founder member remains, Rob Wise SC, who celebrated our 45th anniversary with us in 2016.
Upon establishment, Wise recruited Anton Mostert SC to lead the Group and Richard Goldstone to join. When Mostert became a judge in 1974, Johann Kriegler SC was recruited to lead the Group, which he did until 1985 when he became a judge. In 1980, when Goldstone became a judge, Mostert returned to the Bar after his exposure of the government’s secret funding of the Citizen newspaper. He took up Goldstone’s chambers and practised until his tragic death in 1999.
Judge Fikile Bam, President of the Land Claims Court, served pupillage in 1979 with Rex Van Schalkwyk, himself a judge from 1988 – 1996. Bam was prevented from practicing in Johannesburg by the Group areas Act, and initially “returned” to the Transkei, and later joined the Legal Resources Centre in Port Elizabeth. Carol Bruyns, a founder member, and one of only a few women at the Bar in the 70s’ and early 80s’ left to pioneer the Public Defender’s office in Johannesburg. Smeath Thomas was among the eccentrics that populated the membership in the early days of the group, he was reputedly fluent in Latin and was frequently accompanied to Chambers by his Basset Hound called “Judge”.
Bridging the Divide
The High Court Precinct was the Bar’s home from 1961. In 1996 lawyers joined the migration to Sandton. Group opinion was divided on moving. The solution was to “bridge the divide” and be in the City and in Sandton.
“The Bridge” was adopted as our name. The City pillar of The Bridge was lost when the Innes Chambers lease ended, but the Group still keeps consultation facilities in Pitje Chambers as a door member. The Group is one of only four of the original 15 Groups from the City to preserve its identity after the migrations.
Several members served on the Bar Council, four as chairman, including Johann Kriegler and Lewis Goldblatt. Kriegler and Goldstone served on the SCA and on the CC.
Percy Blieden, Neels Claasen, Fritz Van Oosten, Piet Meyer and Roland Sutherland serve on the South Gauteng High Court.
Sharmin Ebrahim serves on the Free State High Court.
Robert Lagrange is a Labour Court judge
Commitment to Transformation and Diversity
The Group pioneered several transformation interventions. In 1999 it introduced the first “Junior Associate membership” which gave beginners the amenities of practice at a nominal fee for up to two years. In 2002 it added to the pupil/ pupil master pairing, a “Silk Mentor”, and later added a junior as confidant.
Since 2003 the Group has partnered with Wits Law Clinic to facilitate pro bono work, an example of combining professional training with access to justice.
Our Advocates :
- Sello Alcock
- Emma Anderson
- Fumani Baloyi
- Heidi Barnes
- Paul Belger
- Gillian Benson
- Daniel Berger SC
- Jonathan Berger
- Adriana Bevilacqua
- JP Coetzee SC
- Ashley Cook
- Craig Cothill
- Faye Ann Darby
- Marco De Oliveira
- Irene de Vos
- Melanie Feinstein
- Greg Fourie SC
- Chris Georgiades SC
- Grace-Marie Goedhart SC
- Julie-Anne Harwood
- Garth Hulley SC
- Chantelle Humphries
- Sekgothadi Kabelo
- Sha’ista Kazee
- Paul Kennedy SC
- Group Manager
- Abdullah Laher
- Alan Lamplough
- Lauren Leeuw
- Nicole Lewis
- Desirée Lundström
- Ndumiso Mahlangu
- Thabang Makgalemele
- Zweli Makgalemele
- Tebogo Manchu
- Gordon Mashigo
- Michael Matlapeng
- Xolani Matyolo
- Kerensa Millard
- Ntombi Mncube
- Loyiso Mnqandi
- Theodore Mokhatla
- Keabetswe Mokotedi
- Lerato Monnakgotla
- Les Morison SC
- Salim Nakhjavani
- Shirley Nathan SC
- Zinhle Ngwenya
- Annamart Nieman
- Mark Oppenheimer
- Chris Orr
- Ilana Ossin
- John Peter SC
- Gloria Phajane
- Lerato Phasha
- Erin Richards
- Michelle Rodrigues
- Raqeem Saint
- Robert Scholtz
- Nathan Segal
- Lee Segeels
- Thabo Seneke
- Ross Shepstone
- Mabasa Sibanda
- Brian Slon
- Luc Spiller
- Ashton Steenekamp
- Nicky Strathern
- Paul Strathern SC
- Naki Stylianou
- Cinzia Vallaro
- Michael van As
- Pieter van der Berg SC
- Hans van der Riet SC
- Marius van Wyk
- Esbie Venter
- Ferdi Venter
- Robert Wise SC
- Manfred Witz
- Gerhard Young
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Mark has a special interest in commercial disputes, municipal law, and constitutional law. He has published articles about property rights, freedom of expression and affirmative action. He has been called upon for legal commentary on both TV and radio. He also hosts the podcast ‘Freedom Versus’ on cliffcentral.
At the University of Cape Town, he taught a series of classes on moral philosophy and he went on to lecture law at Varsity College. Mark has produced submissions to parliament, the Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Recent / Major Cases:
A Constitutional Court case which decided that property purchasers are not liable to pay municipalities the historical debts that were incurred by sellers. Mark acted for the 4th Amicus to assist the court in determining whether conveyancers would have had a duty to inform purchasers of the existence of historical debt.
An appeal before the Press Council on whether an article calling for white men to be denied the right to vote amounted to hate speech or discriminatory speech in terms of the press code.
An application to set aside a sale in execution after transfer had occurred. The case deals with the intersection between property law and the law of insolvency.
An application to reverse water charges that had prescribed. The judgement sets out a municipality’s obligations in reading meters and collecting debt. In the circumstances a large portion of the Applicants debt was written off based on prescription.
An application to reverse electricity charges. The prior owner of the building had entered into an agreement with the City to have a large supply of electricity reserved for its use. The City attempted to impose this agreement on the new owner.
An eviction application that turned on whether the eviction should be stayed pending the outcome of an impending review application.
An urgent application to stay a CCMA hearing pending the outcome of a review. The case establishes the test for when such stays will be granted.
The Plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident. He was unemployed at the time of the accident and had been unemployed for 18 years over a 30-year period. The court was asked to determine the appropriate contingency deduction for his future loss of earnings.
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