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20 November 2017 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Case may end Abrahams' reign as NPA boss

National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams could be out of office sooner than expected if his predecessor, Mxolisi Nxasana, gets the job back. The issue is at the heart of a case to be heard in the Gauteng ... Read More

Zuma's man allegedly tried to bribe evidence leader

New State Security Minister Bongani Bongo is accused of offering a bribe, in a form of ‘blank cheque’, to the evidence leader of Parliament’s state capture inquiry, Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara. A Sunday Times report says Vanara made the allegation ... Read More

Eskom silencing Koko witnesses?

Key witnesses in the disciplinary hearing of suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko are crying foul for what appears to be a campaign of intimidation designed to silence them. A Business Day report notes in the past two weeks, both France ... Read More

Policy Watch

In Court

Jayde's sister wants harshest sentence for Panayiotou

Jayde Panayiotou’s sister‚ Toni Inggs‚ took the stand in the Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth) on Friday to ask for the harshest sentence available for her former brother-in-law and his two accomplices, notes a TimesLIVE report. Inggs said ... Read More

Pathologist facing pressure in Rohde trial

Jason Rohde’s defence team are expected to pull no punches today when they continue cross-examining state pathologist Akmal Coetzee-Kahn in the Western Cape High Court, according to a Weekend Argus report. They will question his findings about what caused ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Zuma and the hijacking of the Treasury...

News that President Jacob Zuma has bulldozed the country’s National Treasury to adopt a fee free higher education proposal without following standard process and scrutiny is a serious blow to the Treasury’s credibility, says the University of Johannesburg ... Read More


Impeachment looms as Mugabe stands firm

President Robert Mugabe last night made no mention of resigning while addressing the nation on televsion hours after the ruling Zanu-PF party fired him. A report on the IoL site notes that Mugabe made his address on the state broadcaster ... Read More

African v foreign law firms

Legalbrief reports that the dilemma of choosing local or foreign law firms to deal with African legal disputes was thrashed out at an IBA Regional Forum session in Ghana, which addressed the challenges of PPPs and PFIs on the continent ... Read More

D-Day for ruling on Kenyan poll

Kenya's Supreme Court has until today to decide whether it will uphold last month's disputed presidential election result, a ruling that could put an end to the country's political crisis. The country witnessed two presidential elections in ... Read More


Death of one of England's greatest lawyers

English lawyer Jeremy Hutchinson, who fought legal battles during the counter-cultural ferment of the 1960s and 70s that helped broaden freedom of expression in the UK, died last week at the age of 102. According to a BBC News report ... Read More

Today's Briefs

* A man has been sentenced to three life terms at the Ladysmith Regional Court. Jabulani Mtshali (43) was sentenced for two counts of rape and murder. Read More

* The Director of Public Prosecutions in Grahamstown, citing lack of evidence, has declined to prosecute two men accused of starting a fire that burnt down parts of the Premier's office building on the afternoon of 30 June. Mpandlane Vellem ... Read More

* Two men have been convicted by the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) of murdering farmer Daniel Swanepoel (57) and will be sentenced on 22 January after pleading guilty. Sibusiso Mbatha (23) and Ayanda Mncube (21) were convicted of murder, kidnapping and ... Read More