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18 January 2022 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Zuma acts to sink Zondo inquiry

Former President Jacob Zuma launched a new legal challenge to Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's appointment as the State Capture Inquiry's chairperson – just days before the first commission report was released. Zuma maintains he is seeking to ... Read More

DA wants Ramaphosa charged with perjury

The DA is gunning for President Cyril Ramaphosa in its fight against ‘cadre deployment’. The party has written to Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, requesting that he consider laying perjury charges against Ramaphosa. The Citizen reports that it is seeking ... Read More

Ramaphosa takes veiled swipe at Sisulu

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was in all probability sitting across the table from Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu last night during an ANC national working committee meeting, took what is being interpreted as a ‘veiled swipe’ at his rogue Minister earlier ... Read More

Policy Watch

General: No bailouts policy hits Denel hardest – Minister

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, has, in reply to a parliamentary question from EFF MP Rosina Komane, said that of all state-owned companies state arms manufacturer Denel would be hardest hit by the no-bailouts policy announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana ... Read More

Health: Gender commission cautions against mandatory jabs

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has cautioned businesses and employers that before implementing mandatory vaccine policies they should be aware that a study has found that vaccines cause small, temporary changes to a woman’s menstrual cycle, writes Wyndham Hartley. The CGE ... Read More

Environmental: Green hydrogen policy taking shape

The Presidency said during the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (SIDSSA) in October 2021 that green hydrogen had been identified as a ‘big frontier’ that represents both future and current growth and investment opportunities for SA, writes Wyndham Hartley. Globally, the ... Read More

Case Law Briefs

V v V

Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg): V v V Judgment: 14 December 2021 Keywords: Family law – Divorce – Best interests of the minor child – Voice of the child – Constitution of the Republic of SA, 28(1)(h) – Children’s Act ... Read More

Koko v Tanton

Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg): Koko vs Tanton Judgment: 14 December 2021 Keywords: Practice and pleadings – Leave to appeal – – Sound and rational basis for leave to appeal is required – Uniform Rules of Court 6 (15) – Superior Court ... Read More

State v Jantjie

Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown): State v Jantjie & Another Judgment: 14 December 2021 Keywords: Criminal law – Special Review – Accused a minor at the time of commission of crimes and sentenced on conviction to prescribed minimum sentences in terms ... Read More

In Court

Police officers on trial for murder

The trial of four police officers accused of murder, following a shooting during student protests last year, started in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) yesterday. Cidraas Motseothata, Madimetja Legodi, Victor Mohammed and Tshepisho Kekana are on trial for the murder ... Read More

Thulsie terrorism trial delayed again

The terror trial of Tony-Lee and Brandon-Lee Thulsie was hit by another delay in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) yesterday, reports Jacaranda FM. They have been in prison awaiting trial since their arrest in 2016 on charges related to terrorism ... Read More

Police officer‘s rape case postponed

The Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court has postponed the first court appearance of the Brackenfell police officer, accused of sexually assaulting a young woman on a farm in Stellenbosch. The officer, who was set to appear in court yesterday following his ... Read More

Today's Analysis

SA’s constitutional democracy still under threat

‘The controversy surrounding Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s political assessment of SA’s constitutional democracy provides an opportunity for us all in the country – especially lawyers – to take stock of our constitutional democracy, assess how far we have come with it ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Another refugee victory thanks to legal shield

A would-be refugee from Ethiopia is just the first ‘illegal foreigner’ expected to benefit from a new decision by the Constitutional Court. Desta Abore did not immediately apply for refugee status when he arrived in SA as amendments to the ... Read More


Backlash over clampdown on Zimbabwean teachers

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to urgently release teachers who were arrested during a demonstration over salaries last week. eNCA reports that 16 suspects appeared in court on Saturday and were denied bail. They ... Read More

WHO condemns attacks on Sudanese doctors

Dozens of Sudanese doctors have demonstrated in Khartoum to denounce attacks by security forces against medical personnel and doctors during pro-democracy rallies opposed to the October military coup. Carrying pictures of colleagues they say have been killed in the turmoil ... Read More

Lawsuit over Brazzaville deaths in detention

The families of six youths found dead in police custody in Congo-Brazzaville in 2021 are suing the state for damages, a rights group supporting them has confirmed. Officials said the six, whose bodies were found in a police jail in ... Read More


Netanyahu in plea bargain talks

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea bargain to end his corruption trial, news agencies have reported. Al Jazeera notes that Netanyahu, who lost power in June after 12 consecutive years as Prime Minister and is now ... Read More

Maxwell backs down over confidentiality clause

Ghislaine Maxwell will no longer fight to keep the names of eight 'John Does' secret and will leave it to the court to decide whether the names should be unsealed. CNN reports that the new documents are part of a ... Read More

Today's Briefs

ANC staff on stay-away

* ANC staff have embarked on a stay-away over unpaid salaries. The move yesterday follows a resolution taken at a general staff meeting on Friday after the ANC’s treasurer-general, Paul Mashatile, failed to meet a commitment to pay outstanding salaries by ... Read More

Suspected killer remanded in custody

* A man accused of killing his 10-month-old son will know next week whether he will be released on bail. The Coligny Magistrate's Court postponed the case against Klaas Kgasi to 24 January. ‘Kgasi appeared in court for the alleged ... Read More

Suspect charged with damaging courtroom

* A 35-year-old man accused of smashing windows at the Vryburg Magistrate's Court has blamed his actions on anger issues. He said he served a three-month jail sentence for failing to appear in court on a separate offence in June ... Read More

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