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29 May 2020 Legal News Watch

South Africa


From control to collaboration

The government appears to have switched from control to collaboration in managing the latest phase (level three) of the Covid-19 lockdown, notes Legalbrief. Whereas previous lockdown levels involved the micromanagement of what citizens could and could not do, the government ... Read More

eThekwini promises finalisation of disciplinary cases

Disciplinary cases against eThekwini Municipality employees who continued to receive a salary while on special leave or suspension would be finalised by the end of next month. If the cases are delayed further, the municipality said the three assigned advisers ... Read More

Stop attacking Ministers, says Cabinet

President Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet has lashed out at critics who have suggested that individual Ministers are responsible for controversial decisions related to lockdown regulations, which have been implemented to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. In a statement ... Read More

Policy Watch


Covid-19 crisis: Onus shifts to workplace under new regulations

During yesterday’s media briefing on the Covid-19 lockdown level three regulations, Trade, Industry & Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel repeatedly referred to the ‘big shift’ in responsibility for curbing the spread of the virus as the economy reopens and SA’s core productive ... Read More

In Court


School counsellor appears for alleged rape

Darren Goddard has told the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) that he had intended to challenge an allegation of rape at the school he taught at, but never had the chance. According to a report in The Witness, he told Judge ... Read More

Today's Analyses


Will constitutional order return post State of Disaster?

SA citizens should be ‘clamouring’ for more information about our government’s overall strategy to suppress coronavirus, and demanding accountability from the executive, ‘not only for the silly (but ultimately inconsequential) regulations on cigarettes and booze, but also for its plans ... Read More

SA must support the intellectual property pool

President Cyril Ramaphosa this month joined 139 other heads of state, former heads of state and other prominent public figures in signing a letter announcing support for ‘The People’s Vaccine’, a global guarantee which ensures that – when a safe ... Read More

Africa


Senegal scraps ‘unbalanced' Mauritius treaty

Senegal has scrapped its tax treaty with Mauritius as debate rages over the island tax haven's impact on developing economies. The West African nation had previously threatened to cancel the double non-taxation treaty if certain conditions were not met ... Read More

Tensions soar after Chinese nationals murdered in Lusaka

Police in Zambia have arrested three people suspected of murdering three Chinese nationals. The suspects are accused of dragging the bodies into a factory and setting it alight. Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo has promised a full investigation into Sunday ... Read More

Judge in high-profile DRC graft trial dies

A Congolese judge handling the graft case against Vital Kamerhe, a former top aide to President Felix Tshisekedi, has died. Judge Raphael Yanyi died shortly after being admitted to a Kinshasa hospital on Wednesday. ‘The judge was a victim of ... Read More

World


Trump order targets social media giants

President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies yesterday, days after Twitter called two of his tweets ‘potentially misleading.’ Speaking from the Oval Office ahead of signing the order, Trump said the move was to ‘defend ... Read More

China passes contentious Hong Kong anti-sedition law

China’s legislature has approved a decision to force a controversial national security law on Hong Kong, in an extraordinary and unprecedented move aimed at bringing the semi-autonomous territory further under Beijing’s control. According to a report in The Guardian, last ... Read More

Today's Briefs


Lamoer released on parole

* Former Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer has been granted parole and was released from prison on Tuesday after serving two years behind bars. Lamoer was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of corruption in 2018. Read More

Teen gets 15 years for killing girlfriend

* A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to stabbing and killing his girlfriend, before hiding and then burning her body in Welkom in the Free State. Obed Leshoro, from Welkom, admitted that on ... Read More