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18 June 2021 Legal News Watch

South Africa

ConCourt delay lets Zuma off state capture hook

With under two weeks to go before the Zondo Commission is due to complete its work, the Constitutional Court's delay in ruling on the contempt case against Jacob Zuma appears to have ensured the former President will not testify ... Read More

Major setback for RAF on new claims directive

A group of frustrated claimants have won an interim order from the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), which has instructed the RAF to ‘cease from enforcing’ its latest management directive on the requirements necessary for any claim from the fund. The order is ... Read More

'Absurd' for NPA to influence ANC decisions – Ace

The ANC cannot rely on whether or not the NPA decides to charge a leader or member of the party as a basis for its step-aside policy, according to suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who, in a replying affidavit, labelled ... Read More

Policy Watch

Finance: Popia banking code of conduct out for comment

Input is sought on a draft code of conduct for Banking Association SA (Basa) members when processing the personal information of data subjects. According to an accompanying Government Gazette notice, the document outlines ‘specific obligations’ under the 2013 Protection of ... Read More

In Court

Iqbal Sharma's brother-in-law gets R10 000 bail

The Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Tuesday granted bail of R10 000 to Dinesh Patel, a representative of Nulane Investment. Patel, a brother-in-law of Nulane Investment owner and alleged Gupta associate Iqbal Sharma, appeared on charges of procurement fraud involving R25m ... Read More

Pampoenkraal eight denied bail over intimidation concerns

The eight men charged with the murders of two people on the farm Pampoenkraal in rural eMkhondo, Mpumalanga, have been denied bail, says a News24 report. Zenzele Yende, Werner Potgieter, Eliot Dlamini, Moses Dlamini, Cornelius Greyling, Sikhumbuzo Zikalala, Mzwakhe Dlamini ... Read More

High-risk cryptocurrency scheme to be liquidated

The Eastern Cape High Court (East London) has ruled that the Rawlins Trust, which received about R300m from 991 individuals to invest in high-risk cryptocurrency – and reportedly lost up to R120m in the process – must be finally sequestrated ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Battle against inequality is far from won

It's been 45 years since the Soweto massacre on 16 June 1976, but educational inequality, with racial and class bias, persists. Advocate Faranaaz Veriava, head of education at section27, says this struggle is far from won. She highlights the ... Read More

Eskom, SAA decisions indicate ANC policy failure

Two crucial announcements by government last week – involving significant shifts in its attitude towards Eskom and SAA – mean that the core of ANC policy around the state's leadership has been effectively declared a failure. Daniel Silke, a ... Read More

Exploring another legal outcome on Burger King

The Competition Act suggests that our competition authorities must act to promote a greater spread of ownership to historically disadvantaged persons (HDPs) when analysing and approving mergers. ‘A mix of important moral, institutional and economic reasons join to explain and ... Read More


ICC's chief prosecutor bows out

Criticism that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is only interested in targeting Africans was part of a ‘propaganda’ campaign by those who wanted to discredit the court, its outgoing prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has told the BBC. The Gambian lawyer yesterday ... Read More

Zimbabwean journalist finally released

A Zimbabwean freelance reporter representing The New York Times was granted bail on Tuesday, three weeks after he was arrested over claims he helped two foreign colleagues enter the country illegally. A report on the News24 site notes that Jeffrey ... Read More

Zimbabwe vendors fight pavement eviction orders

Defiant informal traders are rebuilding their shacks on pavements, amid revelations that some corrupt council officials are accepting bribes to allow encroachments. Government is appealing a High Court order to stop demolitions. The Herald reports that the demolitions are not ... Read More


Virtual reality training for lawyers predicted

Trainee lawyers in future may do their legal training by using immersive virtual reality software simulating the practice environment, much like astronauts being made ready for space, Professor Richard Susskind has predicted. According to a report on the Legalfutures site ... Read More

Saudi Arabia under fire for executing youth

Saudi Arabia has executed a young man who was convicted on charges stemming from his participation in an anti-government rebellion by minority Shia Muslims. A leading rights group said his trial was ‘deeply flawed’. According to a report in The ... Read More

Hungary slammed for passing anti-LGBT law

Hungary’s Parliament has passed a law banning gay people from featuring in school educational materials or TV shows for under-18s, as Viktor Orbán’s ruling party intensified its campaign against LGBT rights. According to a report in The Guardian, the National ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Metro ordered to clean illegal dumpsite

* The Eastern Cape High Court (East London) has ordered the Buffalo City Metro to immediately clean and decontaminate an illegal dumpsite in Egoli in East Bank, East London. Acting Judge Lindiwe Rusi ruled in favour of the residents and instructed ... Read More

Partner of hacked-to-death woman remanded into custody

* The boyfriend of a 24-year-old Mpumalanga woman who was hacked to death last week, apparently during a domestic violence incident, has been remanded in custody following his arrest and initial court appearance. Sdayo Joseph Zitha appeared at the Eerstehoek Magistrate ... Read More

Police officer allegedly killed ex-girlfriend's mother

* Police officer, Constable Maluleke, appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of murder and attempted murder. It is alleged that Maluleke (40) shot and injured his ex-girlfriend, killed her mother, and set his ex-girlfriend's ... Read More

eThekwini fires its Parks and Recreation head

* The eThekwini Municipality has fired its Parks and Recreation head, Thembinkosi Ngcobo after he was found guilty of misconduct. The matter was heard in the SA Local Bargaining Council in April and May. Ngcobo was being investigated for failing to report ... Read More

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