Close This website uses modern features that are not supported by your browser. Click here for more information.
Please upgrade to a modern browser to view this website properly. Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Opera Safari
your legal news hub
Sub Menu
01 March 2024 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Black lawyers flag Constitution’s equality clause

Organisations representing black lawyers have filed papers with the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) to compel the Minister of Trade, Industry & Competition (DTIC) to gazette the Legal Sector Code (LSC) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act to facilitate transformation ... Read More

P-word under judicial scrutiny

The much frowned term ‘poes’ has come under judicial scrutiny in the Western Cape High Court, as it had landed its user with a suspended jail sentence (see Case Law Briefs in Legalbrief Today). A Pretoria News report says Bernard Lewis ... Read More

Judge orders judicial peek into SANDF documents

Warren Thompson – one of the authors of the book The Battle of Bangui – turned to the Western Cape High Court in a bid to force the SANDF to supply him with information, more specifically deployment reports, following an ... Read More

Policy Watch

Policy: Green Paper on Social Security approved

Cabinet has considered and approved the publication and calls for public comments on the revised Green Paper on Comprehensive Social Security for the country, it said in a statement, reports Wyndham Hartley. ‘The paper aims to introduce a mandatory social ... Read More

Case Law Briefs

Trustees FPG Williams Trust v Williams

Western Cape High Court (Cape Town): The Trustees FPG Williams Trust & Others v Williams & Others Judgment: 31 January 2024 Keywords: Eviction of unlawful occupiers – s 4(8) of PIE Act – right to housing – s 26 ... Read More

Malatjie v The State

North West High Court (Mahikeng): Malatjie v The State Judgment: 26 February 2024 Keywords: Appeal against conviction – may a court of appeal vary trial court’s decision – prescribed sentences – discretion to deviate from prescribed sentence Summary: The appellant ... Read More

In Court

Malema’s lawyer apologises to judge over bias claim

The lawyer representing EFF leader Julius Malema in his hate speech case apologised to Judge Mark Sher yesterday after a tense conclusion to Wednesday's proceedings in the Equality Court, sitting in the Western Cape High Court building. Mfesane Ka-Siboto ... Read More

Agrizzi fit to stand trial – psychiatric report

A mental evaluation has found that former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi is fit to stand trial in his corruption matter, prosecutor Arno Rossouw told the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) yesterday. Agrizzi went through a mental observation at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital ... Read More

Ex-Springbok to pay R1.8m for shooting incident

Former Springbok Johan Goosen and his company will pay R1.8m damages to a former friend whose leg was shattered in a shooting incident. Volksblad reports that the settlement agreement between the parties were made an order of the Free ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Hlophe case a lesson for others...

Former Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe broke trust with the judiciary and the public. ‘His impeachment sets an example to other members of the judiciary who may feel tempted to abuse their power,’ says the HSRC’s Professor Narnia ... Read More

Concern over all-white, all-male legal teams

‘The incestuous practice of appointing all-male and all-white legal teams breeds (or perpetuates) a special kind of elite mediocrity. The only people who seem to be oblivious to this problem are those who benefit from it.’ Constitutional law expert ... Read More


Liberia war crimes court to be held in Ghana

Ghana is slated to be the venue for the hosting of Liberia's long-awaited War and Economic Crimes Court. Perpetrators from the country's 14-year brutal fratricidal conflict will be tried and, if convicted, serve their sentences in the Ghanaian ... Read More

LRA victims awarded $56m by ICC

Victims of Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen have been awarded more than $56m by the International Criminal Court (ICC). BBC News reports that the order covers almost 50 000 people, including former child soldiers and children born out of rapes and ... Read More

Ghana passes anti-gay Bill

Ghana’s Parliament has voted to pass a controversial Bill to severely restrict LGBTQ rights in a move condemned by rights activists. The Bill still has to be validated by President Nana Akufo-Addos before becoming law, which observers believe is unlikely ... Read More


French Senate backs women's right to abortion

France's upper House of Parliament, the Senate, has voted overwhelmingly to enshrine women's right to abortion in the Constitution. According to a BBC News report, the proposal, approved earlier by the lower house, the National Assembly, was backed ... Read More

Today's Briefs

LIfe term for rape of five-year-old

* A KZN man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a five-year-old girl in November 2018.The man pleaded guilty in the Ladysmith Regional Court. NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said the man, who was the child's neighbour and ... Read More

Economists address rand’s demise

* Initially strengthening after the Budget speech, the rand has dropped to its weakest level since the second week of September. It was at R19.23 yesterday, and analysts point to the impact of the Budget speech on investor sentiment as ... Read More


South African Constitutional Law

South African Constitutional Law By J Brickhill, A Hassim, M Bishop and T Ngcukaitobi   In South Africa, the Constitution signifies a pivotal shift away from violent conflict, recognising the imperative to reconstruct society and the central role of law ... Read More

We use cookies to give you a personalised experience that suits your online behaviour on our websites. Otherwise, you may click here to learn more, or learn how to block or disable cookies. Disabling cookies might cause you to experience difficulties on our website as some functionality relies on cookie information. You can change your mind at any time by visiting “Cookie Preferences”. Any personal data about you will be used as described in our Privacy Policy.