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24 January 2019 Legal News Watch

South Africa

How Bosasa destroyed evidence – Agrizzi

Bosasa went to the extent of burning and burying crucial documents which implicated the company in wide-scale corruption, including travel and accommodation bills for senior government officials. Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi admitted that when media reports emerged in 2008 ... Read More

Stop pre-testimony reporting, judge tells media

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has chastised the media for publishing testimony that had not yet been presented at the state capture inquiry, accusing some journalists and editors of being more concerned with making a profit. His criticism has gone ... Read More

Acting CEO escapes censure over Ayo saga

A dark shadow was cast over the Mpati Commission of Inquiry into Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) yesterday when it appeared the nation’s biggest asset manager was running a parallel investigation, notes Legalbrief. The PIC’s own probe allowed its acting CEO ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Electoral Laws Amendment Act gazetted

Once in force, the Electoral Laws Amendment Act gazetted yesterday will amend the 1996 Electoral Commission Act, the 1998 Electoral Act and the 2000 Local Government: Municipal Electoral Act with the aim of improving legislative mechanisms already in place to ‘ensure’ free ... Read More

Economy: ANC committed to ‘public ownership’ of SARB

As a ‘national asset’, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is ‘critical’ to meeting ruling party objectives, which include ‘public ownership of the bank’. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule confirmed this yesterday during a media briefing (eNCA) on the outcomes of last ... Read More

Legislation: Mixed messages on Constitution amendment process

Parliament appears to be sending mixed messages about the process to be followed in amending the Constitution to provide explicitly for land expropriation without compensation, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. According to ANC National Assembly chair responsible for ... Read More

In Court

Decision day on Rameez Patel discharge bid

‘Misleading’ was the word a prosecutor used yesterday to describe the heads of argument which defence lawyer representing murder accused Rameez Patel submitted in their application for his discharge at the Limpopo High Court (Polokwane) yesterday. And Judge Joseph Raulinga ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Forensic linguistics holds hope for SA’s justice system

‘SA’s legal system privileges only one of the country’s official languages, English. Interpreters are in short supply for the country’s African languages and are often under-qualified. This means the vast majority of South Africans, whose home language is not English ... Read More


'This is not the Zimbabwe way' – Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called violence by the country's security forces 'unacceptable and a betrayal' following deadly protests last week sparked by a sharp fuel price hike. His comments were his first on the strife which has wracked Zimbabwe ... Read More

Mozambique's ruling party rattled by graft scandal

The arrest of a Mozambique’s former Finance Minister Manuel Chang and the indictment of several other government officials has blown open the level of government corruption as far away as Angola where some firms indicted in Mozambique are present. A ... Read More

Death threats after Mnangagwa impeachment plot foiled

MP Justice Wadyajena has made startling revelations that he has received death threats after a plot to impeach President Emmerson Mnangagwa was foiled. In a Twitter post, Wadyajena said the ‘plotters’ threatened to kill him and harm his family for ... Read More


Workers wrongly deported under UK terrorism law

The UK Home Office is to be challenged in court over its decision to strip hundreds of highly-skilled migrants of their UK status under a section of immigration law designed to remove people who pose a threat to national security ... Read More

Google to pay world's largest data protection fine

The French data protection watchdog CNIL has fined Google a record €50m for failing to provide users with transparent and understandable information on its data use policies. According to a report in The Guardian, for the first time, the company ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Case against Prinsloo postponed

* Tyrone Prinsloo (31) – accused of stabbing Wynberg children’s author Dianne Case (63) 14 times in December, will spend the next two months in jail after bail was denied. He appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court where he faced ... Read More