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05 July 2020 Legal News Watch

South Africa

ConCourt gives Mkhwebane two chances to save herself

Beleaguered Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has persuaded the Constitutional Court to hear her challenges to two of the most damaging rulings given against her – the invalidation of Mkhwebane’s investigation into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign finances and the judgment that ... Read More

DA to pursue DMA challenge in lower courts

The DA, which lost its bid to have the Constitutional Court directly hear its challenge of the Disaster Management Act, will now pursue the matter through the lower courts. News24 reports that DA interim leader John Steenhuisen said the party ... Read More

Policy Watch

In Court

Life in jail for man who raped his mother

A Free State man who raped his mother because he believed she was possessed by demons has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Free State High Court (Clocolan). News24 reports that the 21-year-old man was under the influence of ... Read More

Tshegofatso Pule's alleged killer to appear next week

What was supposed to be Muzikayise Malephane’s third appearance in court was postponed yesterday. According to a report in The Citizen, Malephane’s case was postponed because the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court is being decontaminated after two police officers tested positive for ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Social media posts not protected

With the remainder of the Protection of Personal Information Act coming into effect on 1 July, South Africans are finally getting some ‘much-needed’ protection when it comes to the selling and unauthorised use of their personal information. However, Francois Quintin ... Read More

SA now forced to develop a viable growth plan

Today’s mounting crisis must inspire a prompt overhaul of our national dialogue, allowing a powerful growth plan to emerge supported by necessary policy pivots. ‘The alternatives are prohibitively perilous’, says independent strategy adviser Shawn Hagedorn, noting that SA has been ... Read More


Evidence grows against ‘Fishrot’ suspects

Court documents reportedly seen by The Namibian reveal that police confiscated at least 66 items from the home of businessman James Hatuikulipi who has been detained over the ‘Fishrot’ graft scandal. The Anti-Corruption Commission also searched the homes of former ... Read More

Cameroonian activist targets colonial-era statues

Cameroonian activist Andre Blaise Essama has been on a decades-long mission to purge his country of colonial-era symbols, long before the issue came to international prominence in the Black Lives Matter movement. His main target has been French World War ... Read More

Ethiopian singer buried as protests spread

Slain Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa was yesterday buried as unrest over his death continues to spread. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, Hundessa who was well known for his political songs, was shot dead on Monday. Police said 81 people ... Read More


Epstein's former lover arrested for trafficking victims

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and close friend and former lover of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested, according to an FBI spokesperson. A report in The Guardian says Maxwell was accused by many women of recruiting them ... Read More

Kremlin wins vote to reset Putin's term limits

The Kremlin and its supporters have won a controversial vote to amend the Russian Constitution and reset Vladimir Putin’s term limits, potentially allowing him to rule as President until 2036. According to a report in The Guardian, the ad hoc ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Girl who murdered parents gets parole

* Nicolette Lotter, one of the siblings who murdered their parents in 2008 in Durban, has been released on parole. She was sentenced in 2012 to 12 years imprisonment. Her brother, Hardus, was released on parole in 2018. Read More

Abalone dealers get two and a half years jail time

* Two men were sentenced yesterday to two-and-a-half years direct imprisonment for running an illegal abalone drying facility. The men were sentenced in the Hermanus Regional Court after they pleaded guilty in March. Meanwhile, the case against another man who appeared ... Read More

PE doctor jailed for attempting to murder his wife

* Port Elizabeth doctor Mkhuseli Boto, who tried to murder his wife last year, was this week sentenced to 10 years behind bars. He appeared in the Port Elizabeth Regional Court on Wednesday. The couple had an argument at their home ... Read More

War heroes commemorated

* France's Armed Forces Ministry has provided local authorities with a guide to 100 Africans who fought for France in the World War II, so that streets and squares may be named after them. The country's reappraisal of its ... Read More