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21 June 2018 Legal News Watch

South Africa


Law group seeks clarity on Jiba's NPA visits

Freedom Under Law (FUL) has instructed its legal team to get clarity from NDPP Shaun Abrahams on why his deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba, placed on special leave, was seen at the NPA offices. FUL said this followed reports that Jiba had ... Read More

Ramaphosa plays into Zuma's hands on legal fees

With his decision to continue funding former President Jacob Zuma’s legal bills – pending the outcome of court applications on the matter by the DA and EFF – President Cyril Ramaphosa appears to have provided his predecessor with the ammunition ... Read More

Willemse threatens court action on racism claim

If a last-ditch effort to sort out the issue fails, television rugby analyst Ashwin Willemse plans to approach the Equality Court following findings of an independent inquiry that cleared colleagues Nick Mallett and Naas Botha of racism, his lawyer confirmed yesterday, notes Legalbrief.  Willemse ... Read More

Policy Watch


In Court


Wine producer ordered to apologise to competitor

A Cape wine producer has been ordered to retract her statement that a competitor's wines were not organic. The Western Cape High Court  instructed Marion Smith, of Elgin Ridge Wines, to publish an apology on her home page. 'Please ... Read More

Why Siam Lee murder accused got bail

The man accused of the kidnapping and murder of Durban escort Siam Lee has been granted bail with the magistrate ruling that he had put forward exceptional circumstances to warrant his release while awaiting trial. Philani Ntuli appeared in the ... Read More

Rohde trial to hear Van Breda pathology evidence

The state's cross examination of pathologist Dr Reggie Perumal in the Jason Rohde murder trial was labelled 'character assassination' by the defence team, News24 reports. Prosecutor Louis van Niekerk focused on Perumal's CV and cases he had mentioned ... Read More

Today's Analysis


Bill will not absolve SA from ICC obligations

SA is about to withdraw from the Rome Statute, abandon the international criminal justice project, amend its ICC Act, Geneva Conventions Act, Torture Act and six other domestic Acts, for an individual whom they will have to arrest despite withdrawing ... Read More

Africa


Suspects in Kenyan graft case granted bail

Kenya’s High Court has released all 43 suspects charged with the $100m graft scandal at the National Youth Service (NYS), but with stringent terms. The suspects were arrested in late May during investigations into money lost at the government-run training ... Read More

Colonial-era map key to Ugandan boundary dispute

The Ugandan Government has sent a delegation to the UK to retrieve a colonial-era map which they hope will help them establish the boundary of a contested district in the country's east. The Daily Monitor reports that the long-standing ... Read More

Monarch accused of 'pimping' Swazi nationals

Activists in Swaziland have criticised a draft law that might force citizens to pay if they want to marry a foreign national. City Press reports that the Bill stipulates that a Swazi citizen would have to part with R30 000 ... Read More

World


Trump backtracks on separating children from parents

US President Donald Trump backed down yesterday on an immigration policy that sparked outrage at home and abroad, signing an executive order to end the separation of children from their parents when immigrant families are caught crossing the US-Mexico border ... Read More

NHS surgeon admits to hiding his HIV status

An NHS surgeon who kept his HIV infection secret because he feared he would be stigmatised triggered a nationwide search for people he may have contaminated, Nottingham Crown Court heard this week. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph ... Read More

Today's Briefs


* Stefan Mubiru has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment for opening a false case of kidnapping and car hijacking in March this year. He was found guilty of perjury in the Johannesburg Regional Court this week. Police spokesperson Captain Xoli ... Read More

* Sixteen suspects – including driving licence examiners and learner licence applicants – have appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in connection with fraud and corruption allegations. They were arrested at the Howick driving licence testing centre, in the ... Read More