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18 June 2024 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Eskom files SCA appeal over load shedding ruling

Eskom has denied it breached ‘any constitutional duty’ in implementing load shedding, and said it was effected as a ‘measure of last resort to protect the grid’ when there is insufficient supply to meet demand. A TimesLIVE report says this ... Read More

Magashule trial to run from April to June 2025

Former Free State Premier Ace Magashule has vehemently denied a draft forensic report's assertions that his son received a provincial government bursary to study in the US, as the Free State High Court (Bloemfontein) set his asbestos scam trial date for ... Read More

Policy Watch

Regulations: Management of 'controlled goods' addressed

Trade, Industry & Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has, by notice in the Government Gazette, published a number of declarations relating to the control of weapons of mass destruction. The declarations are related to the management of ‘controlled goods’ which are ... Read More

Case Law Briefs


SCA: KSL v AL Judgment: 13 June 2024 Keywords: Civil procedure – divorce matter – accrual included ­– anti-dissipation interdict – requirements for an interim anti-dissipation interdict – whether intention is a requirement or a lesser threshold is applicable. Summary ... Read More

AIG v 43 Air School

SCA: AIG v 43 Air School Judgment: 13 June 2024 Keywords: Insurance law – interpretation of insurance policy – policy providing cover for loss resulting from interruption of business due to notifiable disease occurring within 25 km of business premises ... Read More

Kusainda v University Limpopo

Limpopo High Court (Polokwane): Kusainda v University Limpopo Judgment: 6 June 2024 Keywords: Administrative law – refusal by university to review an administrative decision – refusal to appoint external examiners for doctoral thesis – punitive costs order – Promotion of ... Read More

In Court

R46m tax trial for Modack in August

The legal woes of alleged underworld kingpin Nafiz Modack are worsening as he is set to go on trial for allegedly defrauding SARS out of R46m. A Weekend Argus reports after spending months in the dock – facing a plethora ... Read More

Chikunga welcomes jailing of family’s ‘speedster’ killer

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga has welcomed the 10-year imprisonment sentenced imposed on the driver who caused the collision that claimed the lives of her son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren in 2022, reports TimesLIVE. Speaking after the Ladysmith Regional Court handed ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Multi-party democracy is now a reality

‘The results of the May 2024 election indicate that the dominant party state in SA is at an end and that there is now an opportunity to assert the openness, responsiveness and accountability that the Constitution requires in its envisaged ... Read More

Deregulated private sector better than NHI

‘National Health Insurance (NHI) will not improve SA's healthcare system. Instead of enabling the poor to access high quality healthcare, it is much more likely to bankrupt the fiscus, while tearing down competent private sector healthcare until it is ... Read More


Kenyan magistrate shot in court after no-bail verdict

A Kenyan magistrate was shot and injured at the Makadara Law Courts in the capital Nairobi shortly after delivering denying bail for the wife of a police officer. The Nation reports the police officer, Chief Inspector Samson Kipchirchir Kipruto, was ... Read More

Rwanda denies UN agency's claims in asylum case

Rwanda said the UN refugee agency had lied when the organisation told a British court that asylum seekers sent to the country could be moved on again to states where they risked torture or death. Lawyers representing the UN High ... Read More

DRC mulls suing Apple over alleged minerals smuggling

The DRC Government is considering legal action against Apple in France and the US after accusing the tech giant of using ‘illegally exploited’ minerals. In April, the DRC's Paris-based lawyers said Apple had purchased key minerals smuggled from the ... Read More


Court declines to limit access to abortion drug

The US Supreme Court last week declined to limit access to a widely-used abortion medication, rejecting a challenge from anti-abortion doctors two years after the court’s conservative majority overturned Roe v Wade. A report in The Washington Post notes that ... Read More

Unified Patent Court doing well, one year in ...

New data highlights how successful the introduction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe has been, one year after it began operating, according to experts in patent litigation. An report notes that Maureen Daly of Pinsent Masons ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Two life terms for raping daughter

* The Durban Regional Court has sentenced a father (49) to two life sentences for the rape and attempted murder of his daughter (17) in August 2022. He was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment for each count of rape ... Read More

Implats gets nod for R9bn empowerment deal

* Impala Platinum (Implats) has received approvals for its R9bn empowerment programme that is now in effect. Last month, Implats informed shareholders it had concluded a transaction to raise B-BBEE in its operations and those of Impala Bafokeng. The Implats empowerment ... Read More

SARS warns production firm

* Bond Productions, the producers of the hit international reality series, Family Feud SA, could have its assets sold at an auction if it fails to pay more than R2.2m in outstanding taxes, reports City Press. SARS penned a final ... Read More

Woman gets 15 years for animal hospital theft

* Bookkeeper Lana Nell (46) has been sentenced in the Gqeberha Commercial Crimes Court to 15 years in prison for stealing R4.8m from the Humansdorp Veterinary Clinic between January 2018 and February 2023. Magistrate Vuziwe Mnyani said Nell did not ... Read More



DEVENISH ON INTERPRETATION - VOL I: STATUTORY INTERPRETATION  G Devenish | Juta | Print ISBN: 9781485133643 Devenish on Interpretation: Statutory Interpretation is the first volume of a two-volume tome that can be considered a comprehensive update of 1992’s The Interpretation of Statute. This volume ... Read More

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