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27 June 2017 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Gupta-linked firm 'fabricated' Nene letter

Gupta-linked business associates wrote and peddled a letter in the name of former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene – who has called it a ‘fake/fabrication’ – relating to the funding of Transnet’s multibillion-rand locomotive procurement. A Business Day report says the ... Read More

Bid to suspend 'bad faith' charter under way

In what marks the beginning of a long haul through the courts, the Chamber of Mines laid out its grievances with the new Mining Charter in a 274-page founding affidavit yesterday, notes Legalbrief. It is asking the Gauteng High Court ... Read More

Policy Watch

In Court

No jailtime for parents who assaulted twins

A mother and father who have been convicted of being accessories to the attempted murder and serious assault of their two-month-old twin babies, resulting in the severe brain damage of one, will not be facing jail time. According to a ... Read More

Panayiotou co-accused 'tricked' into revealing address

The Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth) has heard how one of the co-accused in the Christopher Panayiotou case was tricked into giving his details to the police. According to a News24 report, Panayiotou and his co accused, Sinethemba Nenembe ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Embracing technology to promote justice

The judgment handed down by the SCA last week regarding the filming of Henri van Breda’s criminal trial is a significant one, writes Willem de Klerk, an experienced litigation attorney and Johannesburg-based media lawyer, in an analysis on the ... Read More

The Gupta e-mails and the law ...

The leaked e-mails between government servants and Gupta lieutenants suggest prima facie evidence of corruption, but will the public interest trump protection of information law if the matter goes to court? It’s a question raised in a BusinessLIVE examination ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Time limit on advocates' arguments proposed

Advocates could soon be limited in the time they may have to argue a case, by a change to the rules proposed in an important new draft report commissioned by the heads of court. If the proposals are accepted, there ... Read More


MP in the dock on wildlife trafficking charges

A Zanu-PF MP has gone on trial in Zimbabwe on charges of illegally possessing a pangolin. Legalbrief reports that the anteaters are the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world and their scales are used in traditional Asian medicines. The ... Read More

Fake Zimbabwe secret agent convicted

A Zimbabwean man who posed as a secret agent while security officials were holding a briefing before President Robert Mugabe's recent rally in Mutare, has been convicted. New Zimbabwe reports that Elmos Sigelagelani, pleaded guilty to criminal nuisance charges ... Read More

Chagos Islands dispute referred to ICJ

A dispute between the UK and Mauritius over disputed island territory in the Indian Ocean is to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that The Hague should ... Read More


Independent judiciary key to UK's post-Brexit success

New efforts should be made to promote the ‘unique selling point’ of the independent judiciary to ensure that the UK remains a jurisdiction of choice for dispute resolution after Brexit, the head of the Chancery Division has said. According to ... Read More

Amnesty shines spotlight on hate crime in Britain

Amnesty International UK last week called for improved police training and a review of the legal framework as they relate to hate crimes in the UK. A Jurist report notes that in a news briefing titled ‘Against Hate: Tackling hate ... Read More

Faulty airbag company files for bankruptcy

Japan’s crisis-hit car parts maker Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection, after deadly faults in its airbags triggered the industry’s biggest ever safety recall. According to a report in The Guardian, the Tokyo-based car parts giant is facing ... Read More