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26 May 2017 Legal News Watch

South Africa

State capture network's silent coup revealed

Days before a crucial meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee, where President Jacob Zuma is again to be asked to resign, a large group of university academics has released research revealing that SA has undergone ‘a silent coup ... Read More

Another case lodged against arms deal

Following politically-connected attorney Ajay Sooklal's affidavit in support of a Gauteng High Court application by Corruption Watch and Right2Know to have the findings of the Seriti Commission into the arms deal set aside, the Quaker Peace Centre has instituted ... Read More

Diplomatic storm brews as Zambia bars Maimane

The government is to call in the Zambian High Commissioner to demand an explanation for why his government prevented DA leader Mmusi Maimane from entering Zambia yesterday. ‘We intend calling in the Zambian High Commissioner to come and explain this ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: More time to comment on Land Restitution Bill

The deadline for comment on an ANC-initiated Land Restitution Amendment Bill has been extended to 31 May, reports Legalbrief Policy Watch.  As previously reported by Legalbrief Today, among other things the private member’s Bill seeks to criminalise all activities ... Read More

Legislation: Environmental Laws Amendment Bill tabled

A National Environmental Laws Amendment Bill introduced in Parliament this week among other things seeks to clarify a raft of provisions in the legislation concerned with implications for mining rights applications – as well as activities associated with prospecting, exploration and ... Read More

Policy: Agreement on high-demand spectrum re-allocation

The return and re-allocation of high demand radio spectrum by way of a state-owned network will be a much longer process than the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper apparently implies – allowing affected operators to retain the resources concerned until ... Read More

In Court

Today's Analyses

For those who rail against the judiciary...

Those attacking the judiciary after the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) held that the President had to supply his record of decision for why he had fired certain Cabinet Ministers in his March reshuffle would do well to read the Constitutional ... Read More


Zambians overwhelmingly reject ICC withdrawal

Zambians have overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by the government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. A report on the allAfrica site notes that government spent $217 000 to run the survey which saw 93.3% of respondents rejecting the ... Read More

Grandmother wins Malawi property dispute

The High Court of Malawi, sitting in Mzuzu, has ruled in favour of an 89-year-old woman in a property dispute with her own grand-daughter. The court found that the title deed of the two-hectare plot in Chikasa was given to ... Read More


Same-sex marriage ruling a first for Asia

In a first for Asia, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage this week, punctuating a years-long campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent’s most liberal democracies. According to a report in ... Read More

Three UK law firms linked to fabricated evidence

Three defendant law firms in the UK are named in the latest twist in long-running litigation over the fabrication of evidence about the cost of hiring courtesy cars for road accident claimants. A Law Gazette report notes that seven expert ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* The Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley has sentenced a man to seven life sentences as well as another 373 years imprisonment for rape, attempted rape and assault. Christian Cornelius (aka Christopher) Julies was found guilty on 34 charges, ranging ... Read More

* A Western Cape businessman, charged with attempted murder involving a shooting incident, was released on bail when he appeared in the Goodwood District Court this week. Brian du Plessis (59) appeared before Magistrate Sean Lea, who released him on R2 ... Read More

Latest Judgments Online

Constitutional Court

Off-Beat Holiday Club and Another v Sanbonani Holiday Spa Shareblock Limited and Others [2017] ZACC 15: Prescription – claims brought under section 252 of the Companies Act 61 of 1973 do not constitute 'debts' in terms of the Prescription Act 68 ... Read More