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19 November 2018 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Ramaphosa trapped in 'Gupta-style' scandal

Daggers have been drawn against President Cyril Ramaphosa over his astonishing about-turn over a R500 000 donation from the politically connected Watson family, notes Legalbrief. Having told Parliament, in answer to a question from DA leader Mmusi Maimane, that the ... Read More

Depth of rot at Transnet, Eskom laid bare

The state capture project was given an entirely new dimension with the release on Friday of a three-chapter, 700-page forensic report urging the Hawks to investigate a list of prominent people linked to the rot at Transnet and Eskom over ... Read More

EFF, Zuma faction targeting Gordhan

The commission of inquiry into state capture takes centre stage this week, as Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan begins his testimony today before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. The faction aligned to former President Jacob Zuma, and the EFF, have ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Committee adopts Performers’ Protection Bill

While a ‘B’ version of the 2016 Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill adopted last week by the National Assembly’s Trade and Industry Committee has been spared the controversy continuing to plague the Copyright Amendment Bill’s parliamentary process, this may change, notes Pam Saxby ... Read More

Health: Treasury dismisses allegations of ‘major’ NHI concerns

National Treasury issued a media statement on Friday dismissing allegations of ‘major problem areas and legal concerns’ around national health insurance (NHI) implementation featured in the Daily Maverick  and Business Day, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. A Treasury letter to which ... Read More

Legislation: Revised Initiation Bill addresses drug, alcohol issues

A ‘B’ version of the Customary Initiation Bill adopted last week by the National Assembly’s Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Committee includes a clause prohibiting initiates or anyone else ‘involved in initiation’ from using, possessing, supplying, manufacturing or dealing in ... Read More

In Court

Euthanasia advocate may face second murder charge

The Cape Town Magistrate's Court has heard that the state has added a second premeditated murder charge to its case against the founder of right-to-die organisation DignitySA, Sean Davison (57), notes a News24 report. ‘We are in a position ... Read More

Alleged Krugersdorp killer will deny supernatural claims

Cecilia Steyn, implicated in a string of murders dubbed the 'Krugersdorp killings' and described by witnesses as a self-proclaimed witch, will deny claiming to have supernatural powers. Steyn's lawyer told the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) on Friday that his ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Mkhwebane attack not justified in fact or law

Advocate Vuyani Ngalwana SC has thrown his weight behind the Public Protector in her debate with Professor Pierre de Vos over her subpoena powers, suggesting much of his writing on the matter amounts to a ‘hatchet job’ on Busisiwe Mkhwebane ... Read More

Parties still defiant over funding information

While Parliament adopted the Political Party Funding Bill in June, the President is still to sign it into law. ‘Political parties are using the fact that the Bill has not yet been enacted as an excuse to continue to hide ... Read More

Legal profession was handsomely rewarded

One of the most alarming aspects of the ‘state capture’ saga has been the discovery that once-reputable professions – including chartered accountants – facilitated looting. Lawyers, too, have played significant roles in the perpetration of looting and the obstruction of justice ... Read More


Former CAR militia leader extradited for ICC trial

An MP and former militia leader in the CAR has been extradited to The Hague to face trial for crimes against humanity. Alfred Yekatom arrived at the International Criminal Court (ICC) detention centre on Saturday. Legalbrief reports that it marks ... Read More

AU warns Gabon to respect constitutional order

The AU on Saturday warned Gabon to respect constitutional order after a court intervened in a crisis surrounding the country's hospitalised President Ali Bongo. AU Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat emphasised that the 55-member group of African nations had ... Read More

Ugandan courts address stalled sexual violence cases

Courts across Uganda have begun trying hundreds of stalled sexual violence cases, including many of child rape, in an effort to provide long-overdue justice for victims. Judges in six towns are aiming to hear 700 cases of sexual violence. ‘Sexual ... Read More


US prosecutors obtain sealed indictment against Assange

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has been charged under seal in the US, prosecutors have accidentally revealed. A report in The Daily Telegraph notes that American prosecutors obtained a sealed indictment against Assange, whose website published thousands of classified US ... Read More

Khmer Rouge leaders sentenced to life in prison

The only two surviving leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime have been found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in a historic ruling by an international tribunal. A report in The Independent notes that Nuon ... Read More

Activist lawyer wins case against Russia

The European Court of Human Rights ruled last week that the repeated arrests of Russian lawyer and political activist Alexei Navalny were politically motivated and a violation of his rights. According to a Jurist report, Navalny stated that he was ... Read More