Ramaphosa steps up virus battle
As the strong-arms tactics of the police and the army came into sharp focus yesterday (see separate reports below), including in one instance a home invasion, President Cyril Ramaphosa last night ramped up the fight against Covid-19, announcing 10 000 ...
President reacts to 'iron fist' reports
Given a growing number of reports of the ‘iron fist’ response of law enforcement authorities to the lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated that the roles of the police and army are to provide support and reassurance to the nation, not ...
Business, finance sectors take up battle
The business and finance sectors have moved to up their response to the crisis, essentially to ensure money flows to counter the adverse effects on the economy of the lockdown and the Moody’s downgrade, notes Legalbrief. Business organisations have written ...
Minister's 'merit-less' appeal lands her with costs
GEPF reviewing PIC links after commission findings
Public servants wait for pay hike details
Minister asks court to overturn NPA order
Modise 'relieved' not to attend animal abuse case
Cosatu wants another Edcon bailout
SA Express rescue still being considered
Claimant allowed to pursue 2014 injury case
SSA reshuffle set for delay
Ozone layer continuing to heal – study
Legislation: Covid-19 tax relief measures explained
National Treasury has issued explanatory notes on tax measures announced last weekend by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in support of enterprises affected by the Covid-19 national state of disaster and lockdown, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. This is ...
Finance: Temporary capital relief for banks imminent
The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has announced its intention to provide temporary capital relief to banks with the aim of alleviating risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. To that end, comment is sought by the end of the week ...
Finance: Temporary retail loan restructuring imminent
The SARB intends issuing a directive on factors to be considered when restructuring retail loans following exposure to risk directly associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. This is noting that retail loans include lending to ...
Social services: Covid-19 lockdown measures gazetted
Temporary relaxations to Covid-19 lockdown public passenger transport measures in place since last Friday were gazetted yesterday, giving legal effect to announcements made during the weekend with the aim of facilitating access to social grant payment points, reports Pam Saxby ...
Legislation: New emission standards a compromise
Amendments to the minimum standards to be observed by combustion installations in respect of sulphur dioxide (SO₂) emissions were gazetted last Friday and are immediately effective, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. According to yesterday’s media statement on the new regulations, they ...
Bail for businessman who forced workers to produce masks
A Chinese national, who allegedly locked up 14 employees and forced them to manufacture masks in response to the demand created by the outbreak of the coronavirus, was yesterday granted R20 000 bail. The man appeared in the Durban Magistrate ...
Car dealer liable for pavement injury damages
A Cape Town businessman has successfully proven causal negligence on the part of a car dealership after he was injured when he tripped and fell as a result of its cars being parked on a pavement. TimesLIVE reports that Leonard ...
Accused no-show linked to Covid-19 restrictions
A lawyer for former teacher and Media24 employee Willem Breytenbach explained that his client did not appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court yesterday because of an arrangement his legal team made with the court where he faces sexual ...
Rule of law must not be a casualty
What happens to the rule of law in a time of crisis? While individual rights are important, life is a paramount individual right. ‘Keeping us alive is the most important function of government. We are mostly prepared to lose some ...
Physician assisted suicide laws should be altered
The decision of the German Constitutional Court in February on the question of euthanasia ‘has thrown our more conservative jurisprudence into sharp relief’. The judgment, notes the Serjeant at the Bar columnist, ‘stands in stark contrast to the approach adopted ...
A Matter of Justice
Uganda's 'repressive' policing law slammed
One of Uganda's most contentious laws has come under fire by that country's Constitutional Court. A particularly repressive section giving the police power to prohibit all public gatherings and protest has been declared unconstitutional and the court's ...
Africa counts the cost
The UN Development Programme yesterday warned that nearly half of all jobs in Africa could be lost and income losses are expected to exceed $220bn in developing countries. Addressing the expected impact of the coronavirus pandemic, it said the international ...
Key ‘Fishrot’ suspect off the hook
The CEO of Samherji, the Icelandic seafood company implicated in Namibia’s Fishrot corruption scandal, has returned to work. In a media statement, the company confirmed that Thorsteinn Baldvinsson stepped down in November, just days after news of the scandal broke ...
Date set for Uganda magistrate assault case
The Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's Court in Kampala will on 3 April rule on whether to dismiss the case in which six people are accused of attacking a Kampala magistrate. Simon Wanyera, Abdullah Waiswa, Augustine Ojobile, Joel Kabali, Fatuma ...
How Kenyan cartel dumped cargo
Alex Salmond's QC refers himself to legal watchdog
Alex Salmond’s QC has referred himself to a legal watchdog and apologised for causing ‘distress’ after being recorded on a train calling the former Scottish First Minister a ‘nasty person to work for’. According to a report in The Daily ...
UK's criminal justice system imploding, lawyers warn
The criminal justice system in the UK is going into ‘meltdown’ because of coronavirus and a huge backlog of cases caused by government cuts, lawyers have said. According to a report in The Independent, thousands of hearings have been delayed ...
UK unit scrambles to quash fake news
Downing Street’s anti-fake news unit is dealing with up to 10 cases of misinformation about coronavirus a day as it emerged some articles are getting more views than all of those posted by the NHS put together. A report in ...
Woman who coughed in officer's face jailed
Kremlin-backed news channel fined for bias
Court of Appeal backs firm accused of failing client