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Our freedom is at stake if laws aren’t kept in check, says retired judge

Judge says several new government proposals are pushing towards an authoritarian regime

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Ignorance of the rule of law, reams of new and changing legislation, and repeated government interference is eroding South Africans’ economic and personal freedom – particularly when it comes to their right to property.

This was according to retired judge and author Rex van Schalkwyk, speaking at the Free Market Foundation’s conference on Building Economic Freedom in SA on Friday. He argued against the hotly-debated government proposition for land expropriation without compensation.

In his analysis of what he described as SA’s repeated misunderstanding of the rule of law, Van Schalkwyk was quick to point out various government officials’ legislative proposals that would erode the rights of the average citizen...

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