Richard Anthony Chemaly
5 minute read
15 Oct 2019
2:34 pm

‘I’m going to sue!’ Why so many people threaten and nothing comes of it

Richard Anthony Chemaly

Let's check in again in a year's time to see where Ace Magashule and Nathi Mthethwa's 'defamation cases' have gone.

Ace Magashule. Picture: Jacques Naude / African News Agency (ANA)

Remember in school when somebody wanted to look awesome they’d pick a fight with the toughest person, knowing they’d lose, so there would just be the threat of a fight, but we all knew it would never really happen? The threat itself, however, would add to the aggravator's credibility. Law can sometimes be used like that. The problem with an open and democratic legal system is that it’s open and democratic. Sure, that sounds like it’s a good thing, and for the most part it is, but we haven’t solved the problem of its abuse. Sure, we can blame state...