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17 October 2017 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Zuma lawyer avoiding prosecution on 'spy tapes'

President Jacob Zuma’s attorney, Michael Hulley, may avoid prosecution for being in possession of the so-called spy tapes as no one has challenged the legality of the recordings, says a Business Day report. It notes the tapes are recordings ... Read More

Court asked to cut Minister's powers over SABC

While Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo recently had to answer difficult questions in Parliament as to why a permanent SABC board has not yet been appointed, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) is due to deliver judgment this week in an application ... Read More

McKinsey admits judgment 'lapse' on Eskom deals

McKinsey admitted to lapses in judgment and failing to adhere to its administrative processes in its work for Eskom with Gupta-linked Trillian. But a Business Day report says the global consultancy claims that it had not fired any staff or ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Three nuclear energy Bills planned

A National Nuclear Regulator Amendment Bill is being drafted to ‘strengthen and harmonise’ SA’s nuclear regulatory framework, according to the Department of Energy’s 2016/17 annual report. While it is one of three Bills expected to be ready ... Read More

Legislation: Inclusionary Housing Bill mooted?

An Inclusionary Housing Bill featured under ‘legislative and other mandates’ in the Department of Human Settlements’ 2017/18 annual report may have slipped in by mistake. It is not mentioned anywhere else in the document – and it is not already ... Read More

In Court

Father accused of raping foster daughter gets R500 bail

A father accused of raping, sodomising and ‘sexually grooming’ his now teenage foster child was granted R500 bail in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court yesterday, with strict conditions that he stays at a different address for the duration of the ... Read More

Second Rohde autopsy of concern – state pathologist

A state pathologist, giving evidence in the murder trial of Jason Rohde, said he was concerned about the impartiality and findings of an independent post-mortem requested by the accused, News24 reports. Rohde, on trial in the Western Cape High Court ... Read More

Today's Analysis

Home Affairs denies migrants constitutional rights

Despite the National Development Plan’s ambition to reduce unemployment to 14% by 2020, the Department of Home Affairs is hampering the ability of highly-skilled, international migrants to create new businesses that can drive job creation and economic growth, says ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Counting the cost of bad financial advice

Financial advisers have to take out indemnity insurance before they may give advice to potential investors. But what happens when the insurance company has an exclusion clause in place that automatically rejects crucial claims – claims brought by clients against brokers ... Read More


Leaked e-mails show ICC’s Kenyatta ‘bungle’

The claim by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that Kenya was not co-operative during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial on charges of crimes against humanity was an attempt by the court to save face. This is according to a French ... Read More

Nigerian governor slammed for honouring Zuma

Nigerians and a civil society group have criticised their government for bestowing President Jacob Zuma with numerous honours and a giant bronze statue over the weekend. Zuma was on a visit to Imo State, Nigeria, to strengthen economic ties when ... Read More

Kenya’s unique election circumstances tackled

The ruling Jubilee Party has adopted various strategies to legitimise President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in the 26 October election re-run after his main challenger, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the poll. A report on the allAfrica site notes that these ... Read More


How Weinstein lawyers kept him out of court

Despite a witness producing solid evidence of sexual harassment, alleged sex predator, film producer Harvey Weinstein, has managed to avoid being summoned to court, notes a report in The New York Times. An Italian lingerie model, Ambra Battilana, set up ... Read More

Would-be judges should observe process – commissioner

Inexperienced solicitors who want a career on the Bench should spend time in a court public gallery, a judicial appointments commissioner has suggested. According to a Law Gazette report, as her second three-year term as a commissioner approaches its end ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* A man accused of raping two students at the Nelson Mandela University, appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court where the case was postponed to next week. The accused, on parole when he is alleged to have raped ... Read More

* Nhanhla Zungu, a Communist Party district secretary who was arrested at a roadblock over the weekend when found in possession of a firearm without a licence‚ was released yesterday following a short appearance in the Umzimkhulu Magistrate's Court on ... Read More