Landmark cases: Richter v Minister of Home Affairs

The right to vote is symbolic of our citizenship...

Without voters who want to vote, who will take the trouble to register and to stand in queues, as millions patiently and unforgettably did in April 1994, democracy itself will be imperilled.

Each vote strengthens and invigorates our democracy.”
— Justice O'Regan

Happy New Year!

Our New Year's Resolution for 2019 is simple: we want to share with you some of the important judgments and statutes that have shaped South Africa.

It's an election year, so we thought we'll start with a judgment dealing with your right to vote, namely Richter v the Minister of Home Affairs. It deals with your right to vote and, specifically, your right to vote even when you are temporarily outside of South Africa.

Reading a 50-page judgment is probably not how you would like to start 2019, but at the very least, we urge you to check whether you are registered to vote.

The final voter registration weekend will take place on the weekend of 26-27 January 2019. Don’t miss it.