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23 May 2019 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Matjila, senior execs facing Hawks investigation

The Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) former chief executive Dan Matjila and two other senior executives have been implicated in a complicated plot to facilitate an irregular payment of close to R100m for the benefit of a select businessman. This matter ... Read More

US asks SA to reconsider Chang extradition decision

The US government has expressed ‘great disappointment’ that SA has decided to extradite Mozambique’s former Finance Minister Manuel Chang back to his own country rather than to the US to face massive fraud charges, says a Daily Maverick report. And ... Read More

Policy Watch

General: Gone missing ... some ANC 'big guns'

The Departments of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Correctional Services, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs have been left without Ministers and deputies pending the announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. With the notable exception ... Read More

Legislation: B-BBEE trusts, share schemes fall short on ownership

Most broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE ) transactions involving trusts, ‘broad-based ownership schemes’ and employee share ownership programmes submitted to the B-BBEE Commission for registration have fallen short of meeting the requirements concerned (Engineering News), notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy ... Read More

In Court

Daughter paints picture of 'loving, caring' Packham

Convicted wife killer Rob Packham's daughter yesterday asked that her father not be 'put away forever'. Addressing Judge Elize Steyn in the Western Cape High Court where sentencing proceedings in Packham's case started, Kerry Meyer described her father ... Read More

Four life terms a 'just' sentence – judge

Stacey Adams’ killer, Christopher Brown, has been sentenced to four life terms for the girl’s rape and murder, and for the murder of Thulisa Lavisa, the mother of his four-year-old son. Brown entered a plea and sentence agreement with the ... Read More

Today's Analysis


Nigeria to sign free trade zone agreement

Nigeria will sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA) as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari approves an impact-assessment report he requested. ‘I think the President has a sense of urgency about this because when he asked us to conduct ... Read More

Kenyan court due to rule on same-sex laws

Kenya’s High Court is tomorrow expected to deliver a long-awaited ruling on whether to scrap colonial-era laws which criminalise same-sex relations, a verdict that could have repercussions across Africa. However, the LGBT community fears yet another postponement. In February, the ... Read More

Maputo says extradition a 'free and sovereign decision'

Mozambique yesterday welcomed South Africa's decision to extradite former Finance Minister Manuel Chang over a government corruption scandal. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, SA's Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha confirmed Chang would be extradited to ... Read More


Louisiana Senate passes anti-abortion amendment

The Louisiana Senate approved a state constitutional amendment this week declaring that citizens have no constitutional right to abortions. According to a report in The Guardian, the move is the latest salvo in a broader assault against reproductive rights in ... Read More

Johnny Depp accuses ex-wife of domestic violence

Johnny Depp has denied physically abusing his ex-wife Amber Heard, claiming it was she who repeatedly attacked him during their turbulent relationship. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, in court documents the Hollywood star claimed Heard threw a ... Read More

Jury indicts US rapper's alleged killer

A grand jury has indicted a man in the fatal shooting of the rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles. A report in The Guardian notes that Eric Ronald Holder Jnr was indicted on one count of murder, two counts each ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Teenager gets eight years for murdering youth

* The Thembalethu Regional Court in the Western Cape has sentenced a 16-year-old boy to an effective eight years behind bars for the murder of Sinoxolo Lunguza (18). Sinethemba Nzima was sentenced to 10 years, two of which were suspended for ... Read More

Man arrested with 22 rhino horns in his luggage

* An airline passenger en route to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Johannesburg has been arrested with 22 rhino horns in his luggage. The horns were intercepted by authorities at OR Tambo International Airport. He is expected to appear in ... Read More