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26 January 2020 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Seed firm loses exclusive rights

The Competition Commission has found that potato seed grower Wesgrow’s bid to hoard the rights to distribute the seedlings of one of its key products was anti-competitive. A Times Select report says Wesgrow – based in North West – supplies ... Read More

Zuma's latest appeal bid a no-hoper – NPA

Former President Jacob Zuma’s latest appeal bid against the dismissal of his application to permanently stop his corruption trial is hopeless and has no prospect of success, the NPA said yesterday, according to a Business Day report by legal writer ... Read More

CJ urged to place Hlophe on 'special leave'

The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) has urged Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to place Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe on special leave until the serious complaints listed by his deputy, Judge Patricia Goliath, are dealt with, notes Legalbrief ... Read More

Policy Watch

Finance: Regulators release fintech report

A fintech ‘landscaping’ report published last week by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) is expected to go some way towards enabling ‘policymakers and regulators to better manage risk and enable innovation’ in the best interests of fintech market ‘growth ... Read More

General: Lekgotla SOE decisions mask eight lost years

Recent ANC national executive committee lekgotla pronouncements on the way forward for SA’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are simply a repeat of recommendations made in a report commissioned in 2010 by former President Jacob Zuma and eventually released two years later ... Read More

In Court

Age saves killer from life term

His age has saved killer Petrus Durant, the security company owner who murdered a farmworker two years ago, from being handed a life imprisonment sentence. Sentencing Durant in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg), Judge Ramarumo Monama ruled that the fact ... Read More

Security company guilty of fraud

A Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) judgment has laid bare how some service providers siphoned off millions of rands from the Mogalakwena municipality in Limpopo. A News24 report says a civil matter between two security companies over a R2.3m unpaid ... Read More

Prisoner's alleged assault claim fails

Thabiso Mabuya – a prisoner at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria who claimed he was assaulted with a baton after a cellphone was found in his cell in September 2014 – has lost his damages claim of R0.55m ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Eskom can learn from Australia’s mistakes

SA and Australia have a few things in common when it comes to energy policy – an excessive reliance on coal. Now Australia is paying the price of that reliance in the form of massive fires brought about by climate ... Read More

Why do golf courses come before housing?

‘The new "integrated elite" governing SA is totally unaffected (and uninterested) in the challenges 70% of the population face,’ says Stellenbosch University’s Dr Nic Spaull, adding that redress and transformation ‘are impossible while those in government are unwilling to ... Read More


Dos Santos charged and associate in suspected suicide

Angola's billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos was yesterday charged with money laundering and mismanagement during her stewardship of state-owned oil firm Sonangol. And in another major development, a Portuguese banker targeted in the investigation has been found ... Read More

Burundi paves the way for Nkurunziza’s departure

Burundi's Parliament has voted to pay President Pierre Nkurunziza $530 000 and provide him with a luxury villa when he leaves office. BBC News reports that the draft law, which has been presented to the Cabinet for approval, also ... Read More

Nairobi governor off the hook in assault case

The assault case against Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has been dropped. Sonko was charged with three counts of resisting police arrest, assault and disorderly conduct when he was arrested in Taita Taveta County on 6 December over graft allegations. The ... Read More


Democrats open political door on Trump impeachment

House Democrats sought yesterday to pre-emptively dismantle President Donald Trump’s core defences in his impeachment trial to argue that his pressure campaign on Ukraine was an abuse of power that warranted his removal. The New York Times notes that on ... Read More

US sets up major law enforcement probe

US Attorney-General Bill Barr announced the creation this week of a Justice Department Commission that will study mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse and other issues that affect the ability of law enforcement to reduce crime in communities. According to a ... Read More

Ongoing competence of UK lawyers scrutinised

The ongoing competence of English lawyers – and how to test it – will come under the microscope from regulators who want to discover whether more can be done. A Law Gazette report notes that the Legal Services Board (LSB ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Teenager charged with kidnapping baby in court

* Two-month-old Kwahlelo Tiwane, who was snatched in Cape Town, has yet to be found as his alleged kidnapper made her second appearance in court. Schoolgirl Karabo Vivian Tau (18) applied for bail in the Bellville Magistrate's Court yesterday where ... Read More

Court rules case against police lacks urgency

* National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has welcomed a ruling against controversial Cape Town businessman Nafiz Modack. Modack brought an application in the Western Cape High Court to interdict the police from arresting him and searching his premises, among others ... Read More