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21 January 2018 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Zuma fights 'two Presidents' ruling in ConCourt

President Jacob Zuma isn’t going down without a fight, and he appears to have every intention of keeping Shaun Abrahams as his prosecutor-in-chief for as long as possible, notes Legalbrief. That much is evident from his notice to appeal against ... Read More

Mkhwebane proposes two-stage inquiry

The Public Protector has sought to clarify her comments on broadening the terms of reference of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, saying that she wanted new complaints lodged with her office also investigated by a 'second phase ... Read More

Alleged R400m kickback approved by Eskom's Singh

Suspended Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh signed a secret deal binding the cash-strapped utility to pay a R400m ‘signature fee’ to an obscure offshore entity for raising a $2bn loan from China to build or refurbish power stations. According ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Legal Practice Amendment Act in force

The Legal Practice Amendment Act was gazetted yesterday and is immediately effective – among other things extending the life of the National Forum on the Legal Profession until 31 October 2018, at the very latest, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy ... Read More

Legislation: Insurance Act gazetted but not effective

The Insurance Act was gazetted yesterday as part of a suite of new legislation that will eventually give practical effect to the ‘twin peaks’ approach to financial sector regulation, reports Legalbrief Policy Watch's Pam Saxby. It will be operationalised ... Read More

Legislation: DA PIC Amendment Bill tabled

The DA’s Public Sector Investment Corporation (PIC) Amendment Bill was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday – according to DA MP David Maynier, with the aim of promoting and strengthening ‘good governance and transparency’ at an institution widely considered to be a cornerstone ... Read More

Legislation: Refugees Amendment Act gazetted

The 2017 Refugees Amendment Act gazetted last month – and, among other things, providing for the periodic, compulsory ‘integrity testing’ of ‘key personnel’ – will only become operational once the 2008 and 2011 Refugees Amendment Acts are effective. Reasons for the delay ... Read More

Economy: SA open for business despite Eskom...

The ‘huge’ problems facing Eskom are uppermost in the minds of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and ‘a number’ of other top government officials, including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (SAnews), notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Speaking at a breakfast ... Read More

In Court

Cyclists killings – blood test taken too late

A blood sample, which would have determined whether or not motorist Omesh Ramnarain was drunk when he crashed into two cyclists, killing both, was taken after the legal two-hour ‘window period’, notes a News24 report. According to the investigating officer ... Read More

Six on trial for same-sex couple's murder

The bail applications of eight suspects accused of murdering a couple from Mooinooi in North West started in the Brits Magistrate’s Court yesterday. According to a TimesLIVE report, the charges of the six men and two women include kidnapping‚ rape‚ ... Read More

Today's Analysis


Museveni pledges to 'hang a few' prisoners

President Yoweri Museveni yesterday threatrened to sign death warrants for ‘a few’ prisoners to create fear among criminals in the East African country. A report on the IoL site note that that he said had not ordered executions in 19 ... Read More

UN launches probe into DRC massacre

The UN has appointed retired Nigerian lieutenant-general, Chikadibia Obiakor, to lead a special investigation into the killing of Burundian refugees in the DRC. This was confirmed by UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. At least 35 Burundian refugees were killed and more ... Read More

Vice-chancellor targeted over Grace Mugabe's 'PhD'

Students have given the vice-chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe 48 hours to step down from the institution over former first lady Grace Mugabe's alleged ‘fake’ degree. In a letter delivered to Levi Nyagura, the Zimbabwe National students' Union ... Read More


Indefinite 'solitary' unconstitutional – Canada ruling

Canada’s use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement in federal prisons was unconstitutional, a judge has said in a ruling that could end the controversial practice unless Ottawa appealed the decision. A report in The Guardian notes that Canadian law ... Read More

Flagship Brexit Bill passes through Parliament

Flagship Brexit legislation was passed through the British Parliament this week, although Prime Minister Theresa May was warned that it could be undone by future generations. A report in The Independent notes that MPs approved the key European Union (Withdrawal ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* The circumstances around the death of two soccer supporters at the FNB stadium in July last year will be the main focus of a committee of inquiry led by Judge Ronald Pillay, Sports Minister Thembelani Nxesi said. The committee, which ... Read More

* The KZN farmer, who allegedly shot and killed a mourner at a funeral on his farm in Cramond, KZN midlands, will find out next week whether he will be released on bail. Edward Philip Solomon (65) appeared at the New ... Read More

* ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says he hopes the theft stock trial of ANC MP Mmapula Veronica Mafolo will give her ‘an opportunity to clear her name’ after Mafolo and two men appeared in the Schweizer-Reneke Magistrate’s Court. Mafolo was ... Read More