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23 March 2018 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Crucial meeting to prepare for radical transformation

With just eight months to go before the final provisions of the Legal Practice Act 2014 are put into effect, the legal profession is preparing for the radical transformation of its operational landscape, reports Venilla Yoganathan for Legalbrief. With emphasis ... Read More

'Kill the boer' singing before top court

The Constitutional Court is set to bring finality on whether singing struggle songs with the lyrics ‘kill the boer’ is strong grounds for firing black workers for being racist and striking fear among their white colleagues. The Star reports a ... Read More

Minimum Wage Bill postponement applauded

The agreement to postpone the 1 May implementation of the national minimum wage was long overdue, stakeholders said yesterday, according to a Business Day report. They had warned that the Bill was being rushed through Parliament and that it would ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Minimum Wage Bill shortcomings exposed

The National Minimum Wage Bill and related amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act ‘are not themselves a product of engagement in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac)’. In fact, they ‘undermine significant agreements’ reached in that forum under the ... Read More

In Court

Abduction of Britons case – teenager denied bail

An Mtunzini teenager accused of having had a hand in the abduction and disappearance of Britons Rod and Rachel Saunders will remain behind bars until the culmination of his trial. Themba Xulu’s application for bail was denied by Magistrate Vallaraman ... Read More

Trevor Manuel's son testifies at 'rave' murder trial

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s son‚ Pallo Manuel‚ recalled the last hours of murdered Cape Town woman Sarisha Chauhan’s life after she was allegedly raped and murdered by her boyfriend Taariq Phillips, says a TimesLIVE report. Manuel was one of ... Read More

Today's Analysis

How SA can regain human rights leadership status

Nelson Mandela’s declaration in 1994 that ‘human rights will be the light that guides our foreign policy’, should be taken up by President Cyril Ramaphosa to restore SA’s human rights leadership on the continent. In an analysis on the Mail ... Read More


Nigeria slammed over ‘carbon copy’ abductions

Nigeria's security forces failed to respond to several warnings that suspected Boko Haram extremists were on their way to a town where 110 schoolgirls were abducted last month, Amnesty International has revealed. A report on the Al Jazeera site ... Read More

3 000 Zimbabwean prisoners pardoned

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pardoned about 3 000 prisoners across the country in bid to ease congestion in prisons. Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services deputy commissioner general Alford Dube confirmed the amnesty. The Herald reports that they include all female ... Read More

Cairo court revokes ride-hailing licences

An Egyptian court has ordered authorities to revoke the operating licences of the Uber and Careem ride-hailing services and to block their mobile apps and software. A report on the News24 site notes that the government and the companies are ... Read More


British crash pilot charged with manslaughter

The pilot of an aircraft which crashed and killed 11 people has been charged with 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence. A report in The Daily Telegraph notes that Andrew Hill was in the cockpit of the vintage 1955 ... Read More

Girl who slapped Israeli soldier in plea deal

A Palestinian teenager, arrested after slapping an Israeli soldier, has accepted a plea deal that would see her serve eight months in prison. According to a BBC News report, Ahed Tamimi had agreed to plead guilty to four of the ... Read More

UK students jailed for dark web drug sales

A group of University of Manchester students has been jailed for trafficking drugs worth hundreds of thousands of pounds on the dark web. According to a report in The Independent, Basil Assaf, Elliott Hyams, James Roden and Jaikishen Patel ran ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* A 33-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a seven-year-old boy in the Inchanga area, KZN, in May 2016. He was sentenced in the Camperdown Regional Court this week. Read More

* Five men accused of murdering DA councillor candidate Johannes Baaitjie will be tried in the Northern Cape High Court from 15 October. The date was finalised after all five accused obtained different lawyers from Legal Aid SA to avoid conflicts ... Read More

* A church leader, Eliza Mboyane, and her son, Mongezi, are out on R1 000 bail each after they were arrested in Theunissen, outside Welkom, this week when various explosives were found at their house. Police believe the explosives found at ... Read More

* A former Hawks administration clerk was granted bail in the Mahikeng Magistrate’s Court in a case involving allegations of leaking information to criminals. Thabo Makweya (27) was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation unit on 12 March for corruption ... Read More