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19 August 2018 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Inquiry piles pressure on beleaguered PIC

Pressure is building on the Public Investment Corporation on several fronts – in the courts, in Parliament and now in the form of a commission of inquiry into alleged improprieties at state-owned fund manager, notes Legalbrief. ‘The commission’s terms of ... Read More

Did coal samples switch allow R1bn Eskom rip-off?

Coal samples that enabled the Gupta family to pocket more than R1bn could have been switched during a lab test ordered by former Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko, Treasury investigators have found, according to Business Day. The contract was to ... Read More

Estina case may be on verge of collapse

Six months after Gupta family members and business associates were arrested for involvement in the alleged Estina dairy project ‘scam’, the hallmark state capture case against them is on the brink of collapse. The NPA has been as yet unable ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Critical Infrastructure Bill ready for NCOP

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill about to be sent to the NCOP for concurrence has been extensively revised, according to a National Assembly Police Committee report tabled in the House this week, writes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch.  Providing insight into ... Read More

Legislation: Parliament prepares for hearings on Qualifications Bill

The National Assembly’s Higher Education and Training Committee has called for written submissions on the National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill – among other things aimed at addressing the ‘challenges’ of ‘fraudulent or misrepresented qualifications’, according to a memorandum on its objects ... Read More

In Court

Killer of farm worker gets leave to appeal

Lutzville farmer and convicted murderer Martin Visser was granted leave to appeal his conviction and sentence in the Western Cape High Court (Vredendal) yesterday. On Wednesday he was sentenced to life behind bars after he was found guilty of premeditated ... Read More

'Springs Monster' found guilty

The man known as the Springs Monster was yesterday found guilty in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) of the attempted murder of his son, child abuse and neglect, as well as using and dealing drugs. The boy was 11 years ... Read More

Alleged serial rapist made Tuesdays his days of attack

The modus operandi of an alleged Khayelitsha serial rapist was to attack his victims on Tuesdays after 7am. Captain Wayne Nachtmann of the SAPS Investigative Psychology Unit testified at the Western Cape High Court yesterday that Aviwe Hoya would threaten ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Six years later still no hope for Marikana justice

On the sixth anniversary of the Marikana massacre on 16 August 2012, researchers say there was still no indication that the NPA had any intention of holding police accountable for the deaths of 34 miners. And the state's continued ... Read More

Flaws in NPA Act threaten authority's independence

The golden thread running through the Constitutional Court's judgment relating to the former NDPP Shaun Abraham, was not only concern that the independence of the NPA has been compromised, but that it might happen again because of flaws in ... Read More


Call for SADC lawyers to rise to the challenge

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi yesterday called for the defining of policies aimed at strengthening public and private institutions that promote development. In his opening address at the SADC Lawyer Association’s 19th annual conference and general meeting in Maputo, he said ... Read More

Date for disputed Zimbabwe poll hearing

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court will hear the opposition's challenge to the presidential election results next Thursday. A report on the News24 site notes that the opposition MDC is seeking a fresh election or a declaration of Nelson Chamisa as ... Read More

Libyan militiamen sentenced to death

A Libyan criminal court has sentenced 45 militiamen to death by firing squad for killing demonstrators in Tripoli in 2011, the Justice Ministry has confirmed. The soldiers are accused of opening fire on dozens as rebel forces closed in on ... Read More


BBC will not contest Cliff Richard judgment

The BBC this week admitted that the way it reported the police raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard will make it hard to persuade the Court of Appeal that the High Court was wrong to award the singer ... Read More

Kim Jong-un brother's alleged assassins to stand trial

A Malaysian court ruled this week that the trial of two women implicated in the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother should continue. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong ... Read More

Manafort verdict has implications for Trump

After 12 days of trial, the fate of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is in the hands of the Virginia jury that has sat through the proceedings for more than two weeks – a group which will be simultaneously ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* A policeman accused of trying to extort R10 000 to make a fraud case ‘disappear’ has been released on R5 000 bail. The court heard that the man faces charges of corruption and intends to tender a not guilty plea ... Read More

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