At the heart of the Firearms Control Act is the protection of the constitutional right to life and bodily integrity. This means that getting a licence to own a gun is an arduous undertaking; it is not given lightly. But it's a process gun enthusiasts like Oscar Pistorius are willing to go through, more than once.
Why vote? Am I eligible to vote? Where do I vote? What are my rights as a voter? Read our plain English answers to these and many more questions about South Africa's 2014 elections.
A record number of voters will select from a record number of political parties when South Africa holds its fifth national democratic elections on 7 May 2014, as the country celebrates 20 years of freedom since the end of apartheid in 1994. We bring you a collection of articles on this historic vote.
On 7 May 2014 South Africans will vote in the fifth democratic elections since the end of apartheid 20 years ago. We bring you a timetable leading up to the elections, a video for first-time voters, and useful contacts for finding out more about the election process.
Instead of relying on a jury of peers, the South African justice system makes provision for assessors. They are highly skilled, legally trained people selected by the judge, if he or she feels the need. In the Oscar Pistorius trial, there are two assessors, who may overrule the judge on a verdict when it comes to the facts of the case.
As Public Protector Thuli Madonsela prepares to release a final report on an investigation into allegations of maladministration in relation to President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, we answer some frequently asked questions about the office of the Public Protector.