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16 July 2019 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Mkhwebane's alleged blunders exposed

A litany of alleged blunders, missteps and ‘irrational’ conclusions in Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane’s report targeting Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan are revealed on media platforms in reports over the weekend, notes Legalbrief. Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos reveals ... Read More

ConCourt, Parliament urged to act on Mkhwebane issue

Both the Constitutional Court and Parliament (see report below) have been urged to act to deal with controversies surrounding Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, notes Legalbrief. Legal counsellor, Anton van Dalen, in a brief statement issued by the Helen Suzman Foundation ... Read More

Key questions for Zuma, but will he answer?

Whether or not he answers questions, the ghosts of former President Jacob Zuma's past will come back to haunt him when he appears for the first time before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture today. A Sunday ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Key Competition Act amendments in force

Key sections of the 2018 Competition Amendment Act came into force on Friday by notice in the Government Gazette – along with new definitions of the terms ‘small business’ and ‘medium-sized business’. As a result, small and medium businesses (SMEs ... Read More

In Court

Duduzane Zuma not guilty of culpable homicide

Duduzane Zuma has been found not guilty of the charge of culpable homicide in the Randburg Magistrate's Court. A News24 report notes Zuma was on trial after Phumzile Dube died in February 2014 when Zuma's car crashed into ... Read More

More charges against Cape Town orphanage boss

Al-Noor Orphanage Centre director Amina Okpara had four more charges brought against her when she appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court. According to a Cape Times report, the court heard the state has added three more charges relating to ... Read More

Today's Analysis

African states and the ICC: quo vadis?

The role of the International Criminal Court in Africa, and the very serious need for the court to consider the concerns which were raised at Rome in 1998 is taken up by Advocate Max du Plessis SC and the University ... Read More


New barometer reveals extent of bribery in Africa

The new Global Corruption Barometer released by Transparency International and Afrobarometer, reveals that more than one in four people who accessed public services during the previous year had to pay a bribe. A majority of citizens surveyed in 35 African ... Read More

Arrest warrant issued for Ugandan MP

A Magistrate's Court has issued criminal summons against Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, after he failed to appear in court for the hearing of a criminal case against him. Kyagulanyi and four others had ... Read More

Money laundering threat addressed

Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group secretary Eliawony Kisanga believes the best way to curb money launderers and groups which finance terror networks is to disrupt their ability to raise, move and access money. Addressing a conference on the ... Read More


Trump's Labour Secretary quits over Epstein saga

Donald Trump’s Labour Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned over his role in a controversial plea deal handed to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein a decade ago – an apparent attempt to draw a line under an episode that had become ... Read More

France approves tax Bill targeting tech giants

France’s National Assembly has approved a digital tax Bill known as the GAFA Tax, an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, that will charge the companies a 3% tax on digital revenue earned in France. A Jurist report notes ... Read More

Today's Briefs

SANDF officer gets four years and discharge

* Acceptance of a R2 000 bribe to place someone in the Defence Force’s voluntary service system has seen SANDF Colonel Alicia Andiswa Mdekazi sentenced to a four-year jail term and dishonourably discharged by the Court of Military Appeals. Read More

Durban kidnapping case postponed

* The case against the man who has been implicated in the kidnapping case of wealthy Durban businesswoman Sandra Moonsamy has been postponed. Jerry Ogbuwany Gike, a Nigerian national, appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of ... Read More

Three killers get life sentences

* Killers Zingisile Kleinhans, Themba Jilaji and Mongameli Dyani – convicted of the murder of Grant Fredericks in September 2016 – have been handed life sentences by Western Cape High Court Judge Bruce Langa. They were also handed an additional 21 ... Read More