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13 April 2024 Legal News Watch

South Africa

IEC approaches ConCourt to set aside Zuma order

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has approached the Constitutional Court on an urgent basis to appeal against Tuesday’s Electoral Court order which paved the way for former President Jacob Zuma to run for election. Legalbrief reports that it has warned that ... Read More

Minister places NSFAS under administration

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is expected to explain in the Government Gazette today the legal effect of placing the embattled National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) under administration. A Cape Times report says Nzimande announced his decision to dissolve ... Read More

Re-offending prisoners to serve new terms – Minister

Prisoners who re-offend upon their release on the special remission programme will have to serve the new sentences imposed by courts. Their imposed sentences will be recalculated to cater for previous unexpired sentences. A Cape Times report says this is ... Read More

Policy Watch

Regulations: Draft B-BBEE code developed

The Events, Technical & Production Services Transformation Forum has updated its stakeholders that a B-BBEE Sector Code for the Events, Technical & Production Services Industries has been developed, reports Wyndham Hartley. There is a special focus on the five elements of the ... Read More

Case Law Briefs

Herclass v Herclass (Verbal loan agreement)

Free State High Court (Bloemfontein): Herclass v Herclass Judgment: 26 March 2024 Keywords: Contract – verbal loan agreement – animus contrahendi Summary: A father (first appellant) with the assistance of one daughter (second appellant) advanced amounts totalling R536 000 to ... Read More

Galawe v Montsi (Customary marriage)

Free State High Court (Bloemfontein): Galawe v Montsi Judgment: 22 March 2024 Keywords: Customary marriage - Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, s three – credibility of witnesses – balance of probabilities – cross examination Summary: The plaintiff instituted divorce proceedings against ... Read More

In Court

Fort Hare fraud accused get bail

The Dimbaza Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape granted bail of R50 000 each to 10 of the 12 accused in the University of Fort Hare fraud and corruption case yesterday. News24 reports that two of the accused – Terrence ... Read More

Insurance fraudsters slapped with long sentences

A married couple has been sentenced in the Oudtshoorn Regional Court in the Western Cape on charges of money-laundering and fraud. Ricardo and Desiree Bowckers were convicted on 15 March and sentenced on Wednesday, reports IoL. Ricardo Bowckers was found ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Zuma ruling raises confusion about IEC role

‘I don't recall the Electoral Court ever being this busy before previous elections,’ says the University of Johannesburg’s Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana, noting that the court did not previously fall within former President Jacob Zuma’s ‘litigious route’. However, Zuma ... Read More


Zimbabwean court rejects lithium mining claim

A protracted lithium mining dispute between Chinese investors and a Zimbabwean Government-owned corporation has led to a contentious High Court verdict that could result in the termination of mining licences issued after 2003. The case has also drawn attention to ... Read More

Liberia’s war crimes court hailed

The endorsement of a War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia has been widely welcomed. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, the President Joseph Boakai proposed the resolution to establish the court which lawmakers endorsed during a vote in the ... Read More

UK returns looted Asante artefacts

The UK has returned 32 royal artefacts looted from Ghana's Asante Kingdom in the 19th century. The royal objects were taken from the palace in Kumasi during the Anglo-Asante Wars, including the infamous Sargrenti War of 1874. BBC News ... Read More


EU slammed for passing 'inhumane' migration laws

Sweeping changes to the EU’s migration laws have been passed in a knife-edge series of votes in the European Parliament, with supporters of the new laws calling the move historic but NGOs saying they are a step back for human ... Read More

American Bar warns of threats against judges

The American Bar Association (ABA) published a statement this week expressing alarm over the increasing threats against judges in the US. A Jurist report notes that the statement said that serious threats against judges have doubled since 2019, with 457 ... Read More

Strip-searched women lose bid to sue Qatar Airways

Five Australian women who were strip-searched and invasively examined at Doha airport have failed in their ‘fanciful’ bid to sue Qatar Airways. A BBC News report notes that they and other women were ordered off a flight and checked for ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Suspected Fish Hoek arsonist released

* The man who was arrested and charged with starting the devastating fires in Fish Hoek, Cape Town has been released due to a lack of evidence. The fire destroyed four houses and severely damaged at least four more on Sunday ... Read More

East London businessman fined for defrauding SARS

* The East London Regional Court has sentenced Mlondolozi Maqungo and his company USIBAIP to a fine of R125 000, or five years’ imprisonment, after finding him guilty of fraud. Between 2019 and 2020, Maqungo intentionally submitted fraudulent VAT 201 returns ... Read More



    RIGHTS ON THE MARGIN: CELEBRATING THE WORK OF CHUMA HIMONGA (Also available in hardcover as Acta Juridica 2023) Salona Lutchman and  Fatima Osman (Editors) This edition of Acta Juridica celebrates Prof Chuma Himonga's impactful contributions to customary law and family ... Read More

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