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25 March 2019 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Madonsela linked to Zuma 'think tank'

A claim that former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was part of an elite team of advisers who drew up a blueprint for former President Jacob Zuma's government before 2009 will be made at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into ... Read More

Eskom's maintenance funds allegedly looted

How Eskom funds earmarked for crucial maintenance of power plants were diverted to the Kusile power station project and other capital expenditure programmes where they were allegedly looted through dodgy tenders is being investigated by the Hawks. Lack of maintenance ... Read More

SARS trio appear before Public Protector today

Former acting SARS Commissioner Ivan Pillay, his predecessor Oupa Magashula and former senior SARS official Vlok Symington will present themselves before Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane today after they were summoned to be questioned about Pillay’s early retirement. Public Enterprises Minister ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Six private members’ Bills on ice?

Of 11 private members’ Bills tabled in Parliament last year, four had yet to be considered by the National Assembly committees concerned when the House rose last week for the 8 May elections. Since it was resolved last month to suspend Rules ... Read More

In Court

Child abuse case postponed for medical reports

The Western Cape High Court has postponed the child abuse case of a stepfather and his ex-wife, notes a News24 report. Taswell Louw and his ex-wife Renzia face charges of attempted murder and child abuse as a result of allegations ... Read More

Teenagers accused of Themane killing stay in jail

Seven teenagers arrested in connection with the murder of Thoriso Themane will remain behind bars after their case was postponed on Friday. The accused appeared at the Polokwane Juvenile Court where their case was postponed to 2 and 3 April ... Read More

Today's Analyses

How the Constitutional Court got it wrong

In a lengthy, comprehensive critique of the ‘Glenister III’ judgment back in 2014 on the Politicsweb site, the University of Pretoria’s Professor Koos Malan and Advocate Paul Hoffman SC suggest the Constitutional Court majority got it wrong – so wrong ... Read More

Why Copyright Amendment Bill is good for SA

The controversial Copyright Amendment Bill, which critics claim is riddled with flaws but is nevertheless expected to be passed in the NCOP this week, is supported in two recent articles. Sean Flynn, of the American University Washington College of Law ... Read More


Mali bans hunters group after village 'massacre'

Mali's government has banned the group of hunters it says was behind an attack in which more than 130 villagers were killed, according to BBC News. At dawn on Saturday, gunmen surrounded a village of the Fulani ethnic community ... Read More

Nigeria Chief Justice's corruption trial hits snag

The trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, appears to be reaching an anti-climax with key prosecution witnesses' testimony contradicting claims that the embattled number one judicial officer might have corruptly amassed wealth way out of ... Read More

US accused of 'war crimes' in Somalia

The US military may be guilty of war crimes for killing large numbers of civilians in a sharply stepped-up campaign of air strikes in Somalia over the past two years, Amnesty International said. The rights group said it had been ... Read More


No evidence of Trump collusion with Russia – Mueller

Special counsel Robert Mueller found that neither President Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, according to a letter delivered to Congress yesterday by the US Attorney-General. The letter from William Barr also ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Life sentences for killers of mother and son

* Two men found guilty of killing a 75-year-old woman and her 35-year-old son have been handed down two life sentences each. Thabani Lushaba (24) and Samkelo Bhengu (23) were sentenced to two life sentences in the KKZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg ... Read More

Judgment reserved in paedophile's appeal

* Judgment has been reserved in the appeal of Plettenberg Bay paedophile William Beale against his sentence. Beale, a former computer engineer, was convicted in 2017 on 18 644 counts of possession of child pornography. The Thembalethu Regional Court had sentenced ... Read More