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29 March 2017 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Court cuts politics out of Gordhan-Gupta battle

On the first day of the battle that pits Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan against the Gupta family over the closure of their Oakbay company and other accounts, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) disposed swiftly of the extraneous politics to move ... Read More

Kathrada's death causes Zuma to hold fire

President Jacob Zuma's plans to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did not reckon with a sudden dramatic event out of his control – the passing of struggle legend Ahmed Kathrada, according to BusinessLIVE editor Ray Hartley. He suggests Zuma was ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Relaxed regulations for artisanal miners?

Government’s approach to promoting and regulating small-scale, artisanal mining will focus on more ‘relaxed’ permit conditions, along with support in procuring ‘the necessary personal protective equipment’, according to Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant (Mining Weekly). Against that backdrop ... Read More

In Court

Judge admonishes 'rude' magistrates

‘Be nice!’ This is the warning KZN High Court (Durban) Judge Johan Ploos van Amstel yesterday issued to rude magistrates and judges. A News24 report notes that he said in a judgment: ‘There are very few problems in court that ... Read More

Rhodes Park trio guilty of murder and rape

The three men who raped two women and killed their husbands in Rhodes Park, Johannesburg were found guilty in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) yesterday. According to a News24 report, Admore Ndlovu (23), Thabo Nkala (25) and Mduduzi Mathibela Lawrence ... Read More

Today's Analysis

Public procurement litigation and fair tender processes

The government spends about R500bn on procurement each year, accounting for roughly one-third of the budget and more than 10% of SA’s GDP. It is thus unsurprisingly – says ENSafrica’s Julia Ferraz-Cardoso and Razina Thokan – that public procurement has ... Read More


Former Ivory Coast first lady cleared of war crimes

The Ivory Coast's highest criminal court yesterday found former first lady Simone Gbagbo not guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial on her alleged role in post-election abuses that led to the deaths of thousands ... Read More

Zimbabwe policy holder takes on Old Mutual

Old Mutual faces its first major challenge from a policyholder over its very low post-hyperinflation payouts. The Herald reports that the UK-listed investment giant has been served with summons by a Harare veterinarian surgeon seeking to recover his contributions at ... Read More

Seychelles Bill to promote free flow of information

Vice-President Vincent Meriton has confirmed that legislation improving communication channels between the government and the public will be presented to the Seychelles National Assembly for approval next month. He said the Bill will ensure that government ‘will become more proactive ... Read More


Not terminally ill, but he wants right to die

A father-of-three who is not terminally ill is fighting for the right to take his own life with help because ‘animals live better’ than he does. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Omid, whose surname cannot be revealed ... Read More

Blacks suffer more because of 'mistrust of courts'

Black and minority-ethnic defendants may be given more severe sentences at Magistrate and Crown Courts because they distrust the criminal justice system and are reluctant to plead guilty, according to a legal thinktank. A report in The Guardian notes that ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* A Swazi national has been sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping, raping and trafficking his step-daughter. The Durban Regional Court sentenced the 40-year-old to two terms of life imprisonment and a further year for violating the Immigration Act. The sentences ... Read More

Latest Judgments Online

University of the Free State v

University of the Free State v AfriForum (1027/2016) [2017] ZASCA 32 (28 March 2017) Review – whether decision of University to adopt language policy administrative action under Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000 – whether University misconstrued its power ... Read More