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18 January 2021 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Zuma claims discrimination in state funding appeal

Former President Jacob Zuma has appealed to the SCA to reinstate the taxpayer funding of his corruption trial defence costs – even if government's decision to pay his legal bills for the last 16 years was unlawful, reports legal ... Read More

Molefe rubbishes Ramaphosa on Eskom saga

The much-anticipated testimony of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe was cut short on Friday when a case of Covid-19 brought the State Capture Commission’s hearing to a halt, but not before Molefe had defended his relationship with the Gupta family ... Read More

Policy Watch

Covid-19 crisis: All schools affected by reopening postponement

School re-opening dates announced on Friday by Basic Education Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule appear to apply to state and private institutions, notes Pam Saxby. According to the Deputy Minister’s media statement, the two-week postponement was informed by extensive stakeholder consultations ... Read More

Environmental: Producer responsibility regulations amended

Four sets of regulations aimed at ensuring the ‘effective and efficient management’ of end-of-life products in the paper/packaging, lighting and electrical/electronic sectors were amended on Friday by notice in the Government Gazette, reports Pam Saxby. The amendments affect ... Read More

General: Legal Practice Council rules amended

The Legal Practice Council’s rules now prohibit any reference to the possession of a driver’s licence, motor vehicle ownership or access to such a vehicle in advertisements, interviews and practical vocational training contracts involving prospective and existing candidate legal practitioners ... Read More

In Court

Today's Analyses

Party funding transparency needed sooner than later

‘If word from the Presidency holds true, the 2018 Political Party Funding Act will be operational by April 2021, ending a saga of political shifting sands, cold-shouldering Parliament and box-ticking governance.’ Daily Maverick journalist Marianne Merten notes the Independent ... Read More


Museveni wins ‘fundamentally flawed’ poll

President Yoweri Museveni has been accused of voter fraud after being declared the winner of last week’s election. Museveni secured 5.85m votes (58.6%) while his main opposition candidate Bobi Wine won 3.48m (34.8%) the Electoral Commission ... Read More

Ethnic-targeted killings in Ethiopia – EU

The EU says it is receiving reports of ethnic-targeted killings and possible war crimes in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray. The defence forces entered Tigray early in November to oust the region's ruling party after its troops had ... Read More

Kenya’s JSC moves to recruit new CJ

Kenya’s Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has retreated to Mombasa to finalise preparations for recruiting a new Chief Justice following the retirement of David Maraga last week. The commission said a notice declaring a vacancy will be released today and ‘it ... Read More


Landmark UK 'business interruption' ruling

In a ruling that will resonate in South Africa, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that ‘business interruption’ policies provided cover against the pandemic and government lockdown measures. Judges unanimously dismissed insurers’ appeals against a High Court ruling that they ... Read More

US lawyers want pro-Trump senators disbarred

Thousands of US law students and of members of the Missouri, Texas and DC Bars have signed a petition for the disbarment of Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz for their objections to Congressional certification of the Electoral College’s votes ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Former police sergeant sentenced for corruption

* A former police sergeant attached to the Mangaung Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit has been sentenced to seven years in jail for corruption by the Bloemfontein Regional Court. Three years were suspended. Mpolokeng Monenyane (38) was initially ... Read More

Alleged wife killer denied bail

* Rezaan Fondling (33), accused of stabbing to death his eight-month-pregnant wife Zaida Samodien (33) last month, has been denied bail by Humansdorp Magistrate Una Rhodes. Fondling is expected back in court on 19 March. Read More

Truck driver arrested

* A truck driver has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle counterfeit goods worth R6m into SA from Mozambique. Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said the 54-year-old foreigner was arrested in Komatipoort ‘after offloading chrome in Maputo’. Read More

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