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27 February 2021 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Make SOE board members pay – judge

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo wants board members to be held accountable for losses incurred by the SOEs they led, says a report in The Mercury. Justice Zondo has asked the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture to go after ... Read More

Mkhwebane 'removal' report handed to Speaker

Although National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has received a report from an independent panel tasked with determining whether there is a prima facie case for Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane's removal as Public Protector, the recommendation will remain under wraps until next week ... Read More

Court move halts Crime Intelligence chief's hearing

Beleaguered Crime Intelligence (CI) boss Peter Jacobs has managed to stay a fraught disciplinary process – underscored by dramatic claims of criminality and espionage – that could see him axed. An eleventh-hour Labour Court challenge, just hours before the culmination ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: 2021 Special Appropriation Bill unpacked

A 2021 Special Appropriation Bill was tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday with the aim of providing for additional allocations of R1.25bn and R2.826bn respectively to the Departments of Health and Social Development. They will be used ... Read More

In Court

ConCourt reserves damages judgment

In August 2008, while playing on a kindergarten swing, Janeca Esau (now 18) sustained a traumatic brain injury. Yesterday, the Constitutional Court reserved judgment on whether the Department of Social Development should pay damages arising out the incident. A Sunday ... Read More

Cash-in-transit suspect accused of murder gets bail

David Lebakeng Mokodutle, a co-accused of alleged cash-in-transit heist kingpin Wellington Cenenda, has been granted bail of R100 000 by the Mpumalanga High Court (Middelburg). The Star reports Mokodutle convinced Acting Judge Hein Brauckmann to release him on bail on ... Read More

Eskom fraud accused makes second appearance in a week

Multimillion-rand Eskom corruption and fraud accused Maphoko Kgomoeswana appeared in court yesterday for the second time this week. An IoL report notes that he appeared at the Pretoria Regional Court on charges of tax evasion of R5m. The court postponed ... Read More

Today's Analysis

Attacks based on 'made-up rule of law crisis'

The recent attacks on the judiciary by former President Jacob Zuma, EFF leader Julius Malema and MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus are taken up by public interest lawyer Nicole Fritz, CEO of Freedom Under Law, in an opinion piece in Business ... Read More

State of Disaster clips Parliament's wings

Every time the Minister of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, extends the national State of Disaster without consulting Parliament, we are being habituated to a new constitutional convention. Cilliers Brink, the DA’s Shadow Cogta Minister, points out ... Read More


Windhoek tackles classroom sex abuse

Namibia’s Ministry of Education, Arts & Culture says it has ‘zero tolerance’ for teachers or staff members guilty of carrying out sexual offences against pupils. Ministry director Sanet Steenkamp told The Namibian there were three cases under investigation. ‘We have ... Read More

Uganda dismisses US sanctions threat over poll

Possible US sanctions against Uganda following alleged irregularities in January's elections and abuse by the security forces would be unfortunate, but are not worrying Ugandan authorities. That's the view of Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa who told Radio France ... Read More

Clashes follow Niger’s disputed poll

Niger opposition leader Mahamane Ousmane has claimed that he narrowly won the country's presidential election, as fresh violence erupted after official results gave victory to his rival by a wide margin. ‘The compilation of results … which we have ... Read More


Former Syrian official convicted in ground-breaking trial

A court in Germany has found a former Syrian regime official guilty of being an accomplice to crimes against humanity, in a historic first victory for efforts worldwide to bring legal accountability for atrocities committed in Syria’s long war. According ... Read More

Navalny no longer a 'prisoner of conscience' – Amnesty

Amnesty International says it will cease calling Alexei Navalny a ‘prisoner of conscience’ following pressure to condemn anti-migrant statements he made in the 2000s as hate speech. A report in The Guardian notes that employees of Amnesty International said the ... Read More

Australia makes Facebook pay for news content

Australia has passed a world-first law aimed at making Google and Facebook pay for news content on their platforms. A BBC News report notes that the news code legislation had been fiercely opposed by the US tech giants. Last week ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Twenty years for girlfriend's murder

* Mpho Thobane, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend Viwe Dalingozi in 2018, was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday. The court deviated from the prescribed minimum sentence of 15 years. Thobane set Dalingozi ... Read More

Ex-bookkeeper gets 10 years for fraud

* The Estcourt Regional Court has sentenced former hotel bookkeeper Fungai Desire Makunde to 10 years' imprisonment after finding him guilty of 555 counts of fraud to the value of R12m. Read More

Ex-EFF councillor pleads not guilty to rape

* Former EFF Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Zilindile Vena (35), accused of raping a Nelson Mandela University student (23) in February 2020, pleaded not guilty before Port Elizabeth Regional Court Magistrate Mputumi Mpofu yesterday. Read More

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