The discipline of tax arguably lends itself to tears more readily than any other branch of the law. In the South African case of Greyling v Pretorius, the judge, Justice Melamet , declared that, if the courts failed to enforce the law, however much it might result in tears and distress, we should very soon find that the slender paradise of an ordered community, which our toil has gained for us, had been lost and the dreadful 'reign of chaos and old night' would be upon us. Melamet's patent dislike of artificial and highly creative forms of tax avoidance was well known. Taxpayers and their advisers that promoted such schemes and were bold enough to challenge the Commissioner in court, were treated unsympathetically by Judge Melamet and got short shrift in his court. Copious tears were shed by many large corporate groups; there was, however, a greater volume of crocodile tears shed by the Commissioner and his staff, who rejoiced in the judicial condemnation of the schemes.