The value of privacy remains an important one in South Africa.
Without it, esteemed High Court Judge Dennis Davis says democracy would be compromised.
The need to protect privacy is linked to the autonomy of human beings and the constitutional rights to dignity and freedom.
It helps foster and encourages the moral autonomy of citizens, which is a central requirement of democratic governance.
If we don't have privacy,if our private thoughts and ideas are intruded upon, how do you have free democratic process?— Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President
Privacy is both a personal and political value, he explains.
What we are protecting is the inner most being of human. To do, say and think things which don't have to be exposed to anybody else.— Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President
You should have solitude and space that is safe for yourself.— Dennis Davis, High Court Judge and Competition Appeal Court Judge President
Although the sanctity of the private space must be respected, private choices can still be subject to moral or legal critique.
At the same time, some activists have warned that aspects of privacy shelter harmful elements of society including domestic abuse or child pornography.
The judge joins presenter Eusebius McKaiser to have a legal and philosophical discussion on the value of privacy.
Listen to the fascinating discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : No democracy without privacy, explains Judge Dennis Davis