The FXI is disappointed by the judgement of the Constitutional Court yesterday dismissing the appeal made by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (“SATAWU”) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (“COSATU”) to declare section 11 of the Regulations of Gatherings Act 205 of 1993 (“RGA”) unconstitutional as it limits the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of assembly provided for in sections 16 and 17 of the Constitution. Continue reading

Concern about the classification of art

In classifying Brett Murray’s artwork the Film and Publications Board is in grave danger of making fools of themselves – as their predecessor under apartheid did when they banned works like Black Beauty and insisted on covering up Michaelangelo’s David. They have classified this work 16N, which means it is illegal to allow anyone under 16 to see it on the grounds of nudity. Continue reading