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29 September 2020 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Zuma defies inquiry over 'biased, conflicted' Zondo

As reported in yesterday’s Legalbrief Today, former President Jacob Zuma is to ask State Capture Inquiry chair Raymond Zondo to recuse himself when Zuma gives testimony on the grounds that he is biased against him, failing which Zuma will not ... Read More

Mkhwebane accuses Gordhan of ‘criminal contempt’

Busisiwe Mkhwebane wants Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to face jail time for accusing her of incompetence and for saying she is unfit to hold the position of Public Protector, notes legal writer Karyn Maughan in a report in Business ... Read More

Union federations join hands for massive strike

SA’s trade union federations have agreed to jointly protest against the harsh socio-economic conditions bedevilling workers. Trade union federation Cosatu, the Federation of Unions of SA, the National Council of Trade Unions and the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu ... Read More

In Court

ANC Mpumlanga member accused of raping twin daughters (8)

The case of a Mpumalanga ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) member accused of the rape of his eight-year-old twin daughters was postponed in the Mbombela Magistrate's Court yesterday. NPA spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said the man appeared in court alongside ... Read More

Former jockey guilty of killing girlfriend

Former jockey Graham Gregorowski (35) has been found guilty of the premeditated murder of his live-in girlfriend Janet Scott (54) in the cottage they shared in Shongweni in October 2016 and has been sentenced to life imprisonment, notes TimesLIVE. KZN High ... Read More

Police officers in Nateniël Julies case denied bail

Three police officers implicated in the fatal shooting of teenager Nateniël Julies were denied bail by the Protea Magistrate's Court yesterday. Delivering the ruling, Magistrate David Mhangu said their release would disturb the public peace. ‘There is a likelihood ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Many ways the politically-connected avoid prosecution

‘The next time that former President Jacob Zuma or any other governing party leader rallies against the unfairness of the criminal justice system, one should question how they had used their power as the President, Cabinet Minister, MP, or as ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Amended bail laws not unconstitutional

Two Lesotho army officers who have spent three years in prison awaiting trial, have challenged the constitutionality of amended bail laws that require them to show ‘exceptional circumstances’ in order to get bail. They did not persuade the court to ... Read More


Concern over new Zimbabwe cybersecurity Bill

The intensified prosecution of people using social media platforms indicates the Zimbabwe Government’s desire to protect itself from public pressure. And a new Bill clamping down on cybersecurity is set to further curtail freedom. In a Daily Maverick analysis, Fazila ... Read More

Probe of alleged Kenya health insurance theft

Kenyan authorities are investigating four separate allegations of theft of funds at the national health insurer. The National Hospital Insurance Fund is also in the spotlight over its new organisational structure that has seen various staff promoted to senior positions ... Read More

Moves to expand Egypt’s #MeToo movement

Over the past two months, Egypt's burgeoning #MeToo movement has exposed sexual assaults, spurred legal reform and emboldened hundreds of abuse victims to speak out. Rights activists are now calling for the campaign's message to target poorer women ... Read More


Anti-racism training urged for UK legal system

The barrister who was mistaken for a defendant three times in one day at court has called for compulsory anti-racism training at every level of the UK legal system. According to a report in The Observer, Alexandra Wilson, who specialises ... Read More

Trump's aiming to throw out Obama-care – Biden

The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has responded to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill a vacant seat on the Supreme Court, casting it as a blatant attempt to overthrow the Affordable Care Act (ACA) amid ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Farm killings accused abandons bail bid

* A 29-year-old man who confessed to killing Glen and Vida Rafferty and their dog on their Normandien farm in KZN has abandoned his bail application. Siyabonga Goodman Macu appeared in the Newcastle Magistrate's Court yesterday after he confessed to ... Read More

Five sentenced for gang rape

* Four men have been sentenced to life in prison for the gang rape of a woman in Port Elizabeth in 2017. A fifth perpetrator, who was 17 and therefore a juvenile at the time of the rape, was sentenced to ... Read More

Prasa union gets strike certificate

* The CCMA has issued a strike certificate to United National Transport Union members at Prasa after a wage dispute. This comes after the parties could not reach an agreement on the proposed multi-term wage offer for Prasa employees. Read More

Western Cape Liquor Authority fines total R 1 731 220

* The Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) has issued fines totalling R1 731 220 since March. The province’s MEC for Community Safety, Albert Fritz, said yesterday the fines were issued between 27 March and 25 September. He said the WCLA also ... Read More

Togo's first female PM appointed

* Togo's President Faure Gnassingbé yesterday appointed the country's first ever female Prime Minister. Victoire Dogbé is ​an economics and marketing graduate and had held a senior post in the President's office. She spent a decade as Youth ... Read More