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29 November 2023 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Calls for probe into 'farcical' corruption report

Parliament has been urged to investigate allegations of corruption within the judiciary, after questions around the integrity of judges were raised. Legalbrief reports that an intelligence report has allegedly implicated some judges in corruption. However, the State Security Agency (SSA ... Read More

EFF slams 'political commentator' judges

The EFF has criticised a judge who is presiding over the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, for his remarks condemning a scuffle involving a prison warden and three accused, saying they should not fight like MPs. Monday's physical scuffle involving ... Read More

Policy Watch

Case Law Briefs

Broadband v Eskom (Contempt application)

Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg): Broadband Infraco SOC Limited v Eskom Holdings SOC Limited and Another Judgment: 13 November 2023 Keywords: Civil Procedure – Contempt application in respect of interim interdict – Defence of acting on legal advice – Superior Courts ... Read More

Leso v Minister of Justice (Delict, unlawful detention)

Gauteng High Court (Pretoria): Leso v Minister of Justice & Correctional Services and Others Judgment: 13 November 2023 Keywords: Delict – Unlawful detention, Quantum, and Prescription – Prescription Act 68 of 1969, ss 11(d), 13(1)(a) Summary: Mr ... Read More

Akzonobel Coatings v Dumax Paints (Trademark)

Free State High Court (Bloemfontein): Akzonobel Coatings International BV and Another v Dumax Paints (Pty) Ltd and Others Judgment: 9 November 2023 Keywords: Intellectual Property Law – Trade Mark infringement – Dilution – Trade Marks Act 194 of 1993 (TMA ... Read More

In Court

Bathtub murderer apologises to family

Macgyver Yibanathi Ndema, who cemented the body of his wife Noluvuyo Nonkwelo-Ndema under their bathtub after killing her in June 2019, apologised to his in-laws and children for the nature of her death, but still denies being her killer. A ... Read More

Bozwana killers to hear their fate in January

It will be another Christmas behind bars for the killers of murdered billionaire Wandile Bozwana, as the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) is scheduled to sentence the four on 26 January. A Pretoria News report says this month, after a long ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Xenophobia hiding under 'fig leaf of legality'

Xenophobic statements and actions are racist or neo-apartheid discourse and practices. They ought to qualify as hate speech or be banned under other provisions of our law and Constitution.’ So says Unisa Emeritus Professor Raymond Suttner, in response to ... Read More

Gas project a risky investment for SA

Late in 2022, TotalEnergies Exploration & Production SA and its partners started applying for government permission to drill six deep sea wells in the vicinity of Plettenberg Bay and lay more than 80km of undersea gas pipelines along the Garden ... Read More


Uganda on track with child labour initiative

Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development official Aggrey Kibenge has met with a delegation from the International Labour Organisation's ACCEL project, during which they discussed the upcoming second phase of the initiative aimed at eradicating child labour in ... Read More

Ex-Zambian first lady in the dock

A trial against Zambia's former first lady Esther Lungu, the wife of ex-President Edgar Lungu, has begun in Lusaka. She has been charged with the theft of three vehicles, a title for a property in Lusaka and possession of ... Read More


Meta accused of engineering child addiction

Meta purposefully engineered its platforms to addict children and knowingly allowed underage users to hold accounts, according to a newly unsealed legal complaint. A report in The Guardian notes that the complaint is a key part of a lawsuit filed ... Read More

UK Ministers implicated in alleged arms deal graft

Cabinet Ministers and Whitehall mandarins approved payments totalling £60m to Saudi royals and high-ranking officials over decades to secure and maintain a huge arms deal, a court heard this week. According to a report in The Guardian, the accusation was ... Read More

Teens on trial for aiding in teacher's murder

Six teenagers have gone on trial in Paris for their alleged roles in the murder of a teacher, Samuel Paty. A BBC News report notes that the children are accused of slander and pointing out Paty to his killer, a ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Student appears for teacher's murder

* A 21-year-old student from Varsity College in Sandton appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court yesterday for allegedly killing school teacher Kirsten Kluyts. Bafana Makhungela was remanded in custody pending his next court appearance on 5 December. He intends to ... Read More

Truck driver allegedly faked hijacking

* A truck driver who allegedly faked his hijacking and kidnapping in Breyten in Mpumalanga in October has been remanded after his first appearance in the Ermelo Magistrate's Court on Monday. His case was postponed to Friday for further investigation ... Read More

Warning over fatal cyclist attacks

* Cyclists in Pretoria East, Centurion, and other parts of Gauteng are being warned to avoid certain routes after a recent spate of attacks targeting cyclists – two fatal. Pedal Power Association CEO Neil Robinson said there has been a surge ... Read More

Another suspect arrested for activist's murder

* A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder in April of activist Loyiso Nkohla at a railway station in Cape Town. The Hawks' serious organised crime investigation team arrested the 41-year-old suspect on Monday at Cofimvaba in ... Read More

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