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20 April 2018 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Top judge lashes government for delaying tactics

The increasing incidence of government departments ignoring court orders, or launching frivolous appeals to delay justice, has been tackled by Limpopo Judge President Ephraim Makgoba, notes Legalbrief. ‘Sometimes government has got a way of ignoring court orders. You may not ... Read More

Motata still has some wriggle room – JSC

Judge Nkola Motata still has a chance to convince the JSC that he should not be removed from office. The Judicial Conduct Tribunal‚ in its report dated 12 April‚ made public this week‚ found Motata’s conduct at the scene of ... Read More

Zuma to fight state capture costs order

Former President Jacob Zuma has instructed a law firm to act on his behalf in the state capture case that landed him with estimated R10m legal costs bill, according to a TimesLIVE report. President Cyril Ramaphosa formally withdrew the Presidency ... Read More

Policy Watch

In Court

Momberg refused leave to appeal

Former estate agent Vicki Momberg, who was convicted in connection with a racist tirade, has been refused leave to appeal her sentence and conviction imposed by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. Momberg was sentenced to three years in prison, of which ... Read More

Sandile Mantsoe denies he admitted to killing

Murder accused Sandile Mantsoe yesterday took to the stand in his trial-within-a-trial at the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg), disputing evidence by Captain Bhekisisa Mhlongo who claimed the forex trader had admitted to killing his girlfriend Karabo Mokoena. TimesLIVE says Mantsoe ... Read More

Today's Analysis

Antitrust laws and the power of Internet giants

Competition law is based on the premise that intervention is warranted if companies cause or may cause significant harm to competition in the market and thereby diminish consumer welfare. While this orthodoxy holds that the size of a company does ... Read More


Anti-gay laws always wrong – Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed deep regret at the UK's role in criminalising same-sex relations in its former colonies. The laws were passed under British rule and are still used in 37 of the Commonwealth's 53 ... Read More

CPJ condems injustices in high-profile Angolan trial

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned a decision by the Angolan authorities to continue the trial of journalists Rafael Marques de Morais and Mariano Bras Lourenco behind closed doors. The two were charged in June 2017 with crimes ... Read More

Suspended senator arrested after mace snatch

Nigerian police yesterday arrested suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege after he allegedly led a group of protesters to steal the Senate's mace. BBC News reports that several intruders rushed into Parliament's upper chamber and snatched the ceremonial staff during ... Read More


Sandy Hook massacre parents sue radio host

Controversial radio host Alex Jones has been sued by the parents of several Sandy Hook shooting victims over his claims that the 2012 massacre was staged. A report in The Independent notes that three parents who lost children in the ... Read More

Business leader to oversee UK court reform programme

A leading business figure dubbed 'the Prince of Darkness' by a trade union for cutting thousands of jobs, is to oversee the government's £1bn court reform programme. According to a Law Gazette report, the government announced this week that ... Read More

Rebel Wilson to fight defamation damages appeal

Rebel Wilson has returned to court in Melbourne to fight an appeal by magazine publisher Bauer Media, which was last year found to have defamed the Hollywood star. According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, the Pitch Perfect actress appeared ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* Two high school pupils appeared in the Port St Johns Magistrate’s Court after being found with a firearm and ammunition this week, Eastern Cape police said. The case was postponed until 4 May. Read More