Monday 16 January 2017

Tribunals cause untold reputational damage

Published 29/03/2011 | 05:00

Notionally, there is a right to a good name, presumption of innocence, due process and right to a fair trial when charged with a criminal offence.

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All of these rights are supposedly guaranteed by our Constitution.

But, set up a tribunal to inquire "into certain matters" that may arise from rumour, allegation or innuendo and these rights fade into insignificance. Anyone can say anything about anyone in this public forum and the impugned party may have to wait months or even years to counter what has been said.

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