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17 September 2021 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Zuma case will set standard on medical parole

The Department of Correctional Services has until tomorrow (Friday) to hand over the full record of National Commissioner Arthur Fraser's decision to release Jacob Zuma on medical parole – against the explicit recommendation of the Medical Parole Advisory Board ... Read More

Marikana victims plan to act on judge's recusal

Lawyers representing the Marikana victims say their clients are deciding on a course of action following Judge Colin Lamont’s decision to recuse himself from a R1bn civil suit against President Cyril Ramaphosa, the government and mining company Lonmin plc. A ... Read More

Steinhoff turns to ConCourt to stop liquidation bid

Steinhoff, the global retailer at the heart of SA’s biggest corporate fraud, will ask the Constitutional Court to set aside a ruling that an application to have it liquidated can be heard in SA. Business Day notes a successful liquidation ... Read More

Policy Watch

General: Treasury draws attention to POPIA, PAIA

National Treasury’s decision to post the 2000 Promotion of Access to Information Act, the 2013 Protection of Personal Information Act and the 2018 protection of personal information regulations on its website yesterday has drawn attention to their significance for government ... Read More

In Court

Phoenix murder accused do about-turn on bail

Three men implicated in committing a murder during the unrest in Phoenix, north of Durban, made an about-turn in the Verulam Magistrate's Court yesterday when they backtracked on their initial decision to abandone bail and instead requested a continuation ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Political party funding – the safer route

‘Good financial management is important for voters to see how well a political party can prioritise and achieve its goals, especially as it pertains to the concerns of voters. This is one of the main reasons why South African politics ... Read More

We cannot allow corruption to become terminal

‘The Covid-19 pandemic with its extended lockdowns, the fraudulent procuring of essential PPEs and related resources to address the pandemic – together with insurrection related to corruption – have precipitated the most serious political and economic crisis since the inception ... Read More


Lesotho trials in limbo as Abrahams quits

Former NPA boss Shaun Abrahams has resigned as Lesotho’s top prosecutor over a lack of pay. His resignation puts the high-profile trials he has been prosecuting in serious limbo. Legalbrief reports that the advocate in 2018 left his position as ... Read More

Mugabe’s family appeals burial ruling

The family of late former President Robert Mugabe has filed an appeal against the ruling by a Chinhoyi magistrate dismissing the application to nullify an order by a traditional court to exhume his remains and rebury them at the National ... Read More

Tobacco giant mum on damning probe

British American Tobacco (BAT) has yet to deny it paid a bribe to former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. This follows an investigation that suggests that one of the UK's biggest firms was involved in negotiations to pay between $300 000 ... Read More


EU urged to act quickly to protect privacy

The EU must swiftly legislate to further protect the rights of activists, journalists and politicians following the Pegasus spyware scandal, and the perpetrators of illegal tapping must be prosecuted, the bloc’s Justice Commissioner has told the European parliament. Didier Reynders ... Read More

Chinese woman to appeal sex case dismissal

A Chinese woman whose sexual harassment case against a popular TV host sparked a nationwide debate over #MeToo has accused a Beijing court of unfair treatment and vowed to appeal after it ruled against her. According to a report in ... Read More

Medical regulator acts to block anti-vaxxer

Lawyers for Australia’s medical regulator have written to former Liberal MP Craig Kelly demanding the United Australia Party and Kelly stop distributing misleading information on Covid-19 vaccines. A Sydney Morning Herald report notes that the Therapeutic Goods Administration lawyers also ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Father who allegedly murdered toddler denied bail

* Bail has been denied to a North West man charged with murder after the decomposed body of his two-year-old daughter was discovered hidden in the ceiling of his home. Mokete Legodi appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court. The state opposed ... Read More

Fraud trial of North West officials delayed

* The fraud trial of former North West Finance MEC Wendy Nelson and former head of Department of Health Dr Andrew Lekalakala was postponed for closing arguments to 29 September at the North West High Court (Mmabatho) yesterday. Nelson and Lekalakala ... Read More

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