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20 March 2019 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Dark days ahead as Eskom battles to avoid blackout

The Eskom shenanigans that have dumped the country into load-shedding are ongoing, and consumers are likely to continue to suffer for the foreseeable future. In fact, stage five and six load shedding has not been ruled out – although Eskom ... Read More

Jooste heads list of those named in Steinhoff report

Heading the list of eight identified in the PwC forensic report as being involved in fictitious and irregular transactions amounting to about €6.5bn is former Steinhoff CEO Marcus Jooste. Also included, according to the revelations by Steinhoff CEO Louis ... Read More

Rogue SOE deal to buy Optimum exposed

The state-owned enterprise (SOE) that won the option to acquire Optimum mine, formerly owned by the Gupta family, entered into the transaction without the knowledge of the Treasury or permission from the Energy Minister, says a Business Day report. Optimum ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Co-operatives Amendment Act in force soon

The 2013 Co-operatives Amendment Act will come into effect on 1 April, according to a presidential proclamation gazetted yesterday. Its overarching objective is to improve accountability within co-operative enterprises and strengthen their governance, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch.  With that ... Read More

In Court

ANC heavyweight appears for murder of Youth League official

Harry Gwala district municipality mayor and senior ANC KZN provincial leader Mluleki Ndobe and three other men have appeared in the Umzimkhulu Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murder of former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa. Ndobe – who ... Read More

Ex-pupil’s negligence claim dismissed

The Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown) has ruled that Kingswood College was not negligent when a fight between two teenage pupils in an unsupervised classroom resulted in a serious eye injury for one of them. A Daily Dispatch report says ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Director’s responsibilities and a shareholder's rights

‘When drafting various corporate documents where individuals are shareholders, directors and employees, it is important to consider carefully the provisions in both the Shareholders Agreement and the Executive Employment Agreement. Understanding the rights as a shareholder against the roles, duties ... Read More

Time to act on legalising euthanasia

The negative attitude towards suicide, assisted suicide and euthanasia is difficult to understand and accept from a human rights perspective, especially if one considers the right of every person to inherent dignity forms one of the founding values on which ... Read More


Kenya JSC urges probe of defiant judge's conduct

Supreme Court Justice Jackton Ojwang has declined to appear before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to respond to various allegations against him, including being bribed to deliver favourable rulings and being a partial arbitrator, The Nation reports. Sources said a ... Read More

Leading Zimbabwe magistrate in the dock

Suspended Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe, who is facing criminal abuse of office charges, will stand trial on 9 April in the Harare Regional Court. New Zimbabwe reports that Magistrate Lucy Mungwari said it was ‘ridiculous’ to have him tried by ... Read More


Ways sought for UK lawyers to prove competence

Oversight regulators have given their strongest indication yet that solicitors in England and Wales could face greater obligations to prove their ongoing competence, notes a Law Gazette report. The Legal Services Board confirmed in December that it would look at ... Read More

Judicial sympathy for Italian women killers slammed

Decisions by two appeal judges to grant lighter sentences to men convicted of femicide have exposed deeply-rooted cultural stereotypes within the Italian judiciary system and wider society, says a report in The Guardian. In the first case, a judge in ... Read More

Philippines out of ICC as inquiry goes on

The Philippines has officially withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC), becoming the second country to withdraw after Burundi, which left in 2017, notes a Jurist report. President Rodrigo Duterte announced the country was withdrawing from the court a year ... Read More