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19 September 2018 Legal News Watch

South Africa

ANC again in state capture dock

The ANC was again in the state capture dock yesterday, when both First National Bank (FNB) and Absa told the Zondo inquiry they had rejected attempts by the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) to intervene on behalf of the Guptas after the ... Read More

Gordhan ruling a victory for operation clean-up

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has scored another victory in his project to clean up the country’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) after nearly a decade of looting and maladministration under Jacob Zuma’s presidency, says a Business Day report. It notes the ... Read More

Landmark ruling allows dagga use in private only

In a landmark judgment, the Constitutional Court has decriminalised the use or possession of cannabis by an adult in private for personal consumption, as well as the cultivation of it by an adult for personal use. However, the use or ... Read More

Policy Watch

Energy: Parliamentary hearings planned for draft IRP

In anticipation of parliamentary hearings on a draft integrated resource plan released last month for comment, the National Assembly’s Energy Committee has called for written submissions by 5 October, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. As Legalbrief Today has already reported, using ... Read More

In Court

Brothers sentenced for trafficking sex workers

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has sentenced two brothers to more than a decade behind bars for human trafficking after they exploited two women involved in sex work. Judge Ronel Tolmay handed down a 12-year sentence to Obioma Benjamin Abba ... Read More

Uber driver denied bail in murder case

Uber driver Tebogo Makhalemele (30) was denied bail by the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court yesterday, says a TimesLIVE report. The case returns to court on 26 October. Makhalemele is accused of murdering 71-year-old Zalman Orlianski‚ who died in hospital ... Read More

Boy allegedly stabbed teacher over food issue

A boy who allegedly stabbed his teacher to death was unhappy because the man had refused him a second plate of food a few days earlier, says a SowetanLIVE report. The 17-year-old went into a classroom and allegedly killed his ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Zondo commission must act quickly and efficiently

How the Zondo commission of inquiry goes about its work, and delivers on its mandate, will have profound constitutional and political consequences. ‘This is more so because it is clear that deposed former President Jacob Zuma, who is at the ... Read More


Reprieve for disgraced Ghanaian banker

Ghanaian national Kweku Adoboli, the former UBS trader convicted of fraud, has been given a temporary reprieve from being deported from the UK. A judge awarded him a last-minute judicial review of his case, just hours before Adoboli was expected ... Read More

Kinshasa urged to release jailed journalist

The DRC authorities have been urged to immediately release Tharcisse Zongia, editor-in-chief of the satirical weekly Grognon, who was jailed on 6 September on charges of criminal defamation. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) also called for the abolition of ... Read More

DRC militia leaders surrender

A top leader who led a coalition of armed militia groups has surrendered along with hundreds of youth fighters in the central Kasai region of the DRC. A report on the News24 site notes that local authorities said Chief Ndaye ... Read More


YouTube streaming ruling deferred pending EU decision

The German Federal Court of Justice (Der Bundesgerichtshof) has delayed a ruling in a case concerning potential copyright infringement by streaming platform, YouTube, for uploads by third parties to receive input on the issue from the Court of Justice of ... Read More

UK's new terror laws may 'violate suspects' rights'

New terror laws proposed by the UK Government could violate ‘fundamental legal rights’ by giving police the power to delay suspected terrorists’ access to a solicitor, lawyers have warned. A report in The Independent notes that the Counter-Terrorism and Border ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* Former Cosatu second deputy president Zingiswa Losi was elected unopposed as the first female president of the union federation. Losi replaced Sdumo Dlamini who decided not to stand for re-election. The federation's general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali and his deputy ... Read More

* A man who allegedly threatened to kill former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has appeared in the Mmabatho Regional court. Ditebogo Kamogelo Molema (32), a councillor of the Mahikeng Municipality at the time, allegedly sent an SMS containing the threat ... Read More

* Former Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) mechanical engineering student Sapho Mahilihili appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court yesterday after the 2015 #FeesMustFall protest charges were re-instated against him. Mahilihili faced charges of trespassing, public violence and causing malicious damage ... Read More

* Two KZN men have been bust with 22 200 capsules of heroin, 2 826 pieces of rock cocaine, and 505 mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of R1.3m. Kirshorlall Hambapesad and Lucas Mashaba appeared in the Chatsworth Magistrate ... Read More

Latest Judgments Online

Minister of Justice and Consti

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others v Prince; National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others v Rubin; National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others v Acton and Others [2018] (CCT 108/17) ZACC 30 Sections 4(b) and ... Read More