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16 December 2017 Legal News Watch

South Africa

ConCourt bid to short-circuit Zuma appeal launched

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) has asked the Constitutional Court for an urgent hearing for a confirmation order on the appointment of a new National Director of Public Prosecutions, notes Legalbrief. The application follows ... Read More

Zumas, Guptas targeted in case to recover Eskom millions

In the ‘absence of action’ by relevant organs of state and law enforcement agencies, the Helen Suzman Foundation and billionaire Magda Wierzycka are taking President Jacob Zuma‚ his son Duduzane‚ the Gupta brothers‚ Eskom and Trillian, among others, to court ... Read More

Moseneke defends our 'patriotic' judges

Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has rejected suggestions that any SA judge acted with ulterior motives, joining several bodies representing lawyers who have slammed claims that 'judicial overreach' was at play in recent rulings that went against President Jacob ... Read More

In Court

Two ‘pimps’ convicted of human trafficking

In what a Cape Argus report calls first of its kind for the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), Judge Ronel Tolmay convicted two Nigerian nationals of human trafficking for making two women work as prostitutes. Tolmay said the actions of brothers ... Read More

Minstrels take on Cape Town city over stadium use

The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMA) returned to the Western Cape High Court yesterday to challenge the City of Cape Town’s refusal of their application to use the Athlone Stadium. A Cape Times report says troops representing the ... Read More

Today's Analysis

Proposed laws an assault on workers' rights

The biggest changes to SA’s labour laws since 1995 were published in the Government Gazette in November for discussion in Parliament. Taken together, the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, the National Minimum Wage Bill, and the Basic Conditions of Employment ... Read More


Kenyan security forces linked to election rape spree

Human Rights Watch has accused Kenyan security forces of raping and beating civilians during the country's recent elections. 'There was widespread sexual violence against women and girls, and sexual attacks on men,' HRW said, in a report titled, They ... Read More

DRC militiamen get life for child rape

A group of 11 DRC militiamen have been jailed for life for raping about 40 children between 2013 and 2016. The victims were aged between eight months and 12 years. The alleged leader was a local MP called Frederic Batumike ... Read More

HRW calls for release of Burundian activist

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging Burundian authorities to either free or charge an activist who has been detained since 21 November. Nestor Nibitanga was arrested at his home in Gitega province and taken to the national intelligence service headquarters ... Read More


Bermuda revokes same-sex marriage law

The Senate in Bermuda gave final legislative approval this week to a measure that would end same-sex marriage in the British island territory and allow only domestic partnerships. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, senators approved the Domestic ... Read More

Australian paedophile blocked from leaving

An Australian law barring registered child sex offenders from international travel had an immediate impact when it took effect this week, stopping a convicted paedophile and turning him away from Sydney airport. According to a report in The Independent, the ... Read More

NZ to ban foreigners from buying homes

Legislation to ban foreigners from buying homes in New Zealand will be introduced, as the country’s housing crisis continues. According to a report in The Independent, in a move that could become a test-case for other nations suffering housing ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* A Cape Town man has received a 23-year jail sentence for killing his father because he had been disowned and left out of his will. The Western Cape High Court (Cape Town) found Jonathan Schapira, from Grassy Park, guilty of ... Read More

* The strike by SABC workers, which coincides with the crucial ANC elective conference this weekend, will not affect coverage, management has said. A revised wage increase offer presented to unions, who are demanding a 10% rise, was rejected. The strike ... Read More

* Two men accused of eating human flesh in the so-called ‘cannibals’ case that has gripped KZN were refused bail during a brief appearance at the Escourt Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Lungisani Magubane and Khayelihle Lamula‚ along with co-accused Nino Mbatha ... Read More

* The Johannesburg Magistrate's Court has sentenced David Khoza to 13 years in jail for kidnapping, stabbing and pouring acid on the face of his ex-girlfriend. Read More

* Mathew Benson, charged with the murder and attempted murder in connection with the disappearance of Tebogo Ndlovu, will have his case heard in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria). The case was postponed to 26 January and Benson will remain in ... Read More

* An ongoing joint operation between the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Unit and Road Traffic Management Corporation’s National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit in Limpopo has netted a total of 17 traffic officers in the Tzaneen area. They have been arrested for allegedly ... Read More