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'I feel there has been a break

Publish date: 04 December 2017
Issue Number: 754
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general

'There are four events I remember as a kid in the 1960s: Kennedy's assassination, the assassination of Hendrik Verwoerd, the first heart transplant and man landing on the moon.'

– Johan Brink, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Groote Schuur on the 50th anniversary of Chris Barnard's historic heart transplant


‘We must urgently save those who are in this (dire) situation, and then together, Libya, the EU, AU and UN, we must think about devising longer-term solutions for the migration issue.’

– AU commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat warning that those stranded in Libya wanted to get out ‘as swiftly as possible’.


'Some Nigerians are being sold like goats.’

– Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari 


'This is significant as the manner in which previous litigation has been handled has created the inescapable inference that the NDPP has pursued litigation in the best interests of Zuma and with the desired outcome of ensuring that his prosecution is hobbled, delayed and undermined.'

– The DA’s preliminary submission to National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams who has been warned to act independently when deciding whether to reinstate fraud and corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma


'I feel there has been a breakdown in trust between the police and the prosecuting authority.'

– Brigadier Gary McLaren, outgoing head of detectives in the Eastern Cape, describing the Panayiotou murder trial as the dirtiest he has been involved in. The defence's personal attack on police officers, he said, was humiliating to watch.