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21 August 2019 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Jiba bids to halt parliamentary removal process

Former deputy head of the NPA Nomgcobo Jiba has sought an urgent interdict in the Western Cape High Court to halt the parliamentary process to consider her removal from office by President Cyril Ramaphosa. This, notes Business Day, is pending ... Read More

Mkhwebane, Malema go directly to top court

Urgent guidance is needed from the Constitutional Court on the right way to handle urgent interim interdict applications against the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane and EFF leader Julius Malema argue in court papers. The Public Protector and the EFF ... Read More

No secrecy about lawyer's death, says firm

Law firm Edelstein Farber Grobler (EFG) has slammed media reports that one of its founders, Barry Farber, had died in suspicious circumstances, says a News24 report. Farber (67) died on Saturday, 11 August, in his sleep. On Monday, website Africa ... Read More

Policy Watch

Economy: Work begins on ‘investment climate reforms’

Investment climate reforms over a period of two-to-three years will be underpinned by a ‘co-operation agreement’ with the World Bank, according to Trade & Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel. In a written reply to questions from the DA’s Mathew Cuthbert about ... Read More

In Court

Man accused of buying 13-year-old 'wife'

A 61-year-old man, facing rape and human trafficking charges, after allegedly 'buying' a 13-year-old girl to be his wife, told the Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth) that he had never asked the child her age. 'I never told her ... Read More

Life sentences for killing immigrant shopkeepers

The Madadeni Regional Court has sentenced two men, convicted of the murder of immigrant shopkeepers in Newcastle in KZN, to life in jail. Osizweni police spokesperson Captain Sipho Nkosi said Mongezi Sibaya and Mbongiseni Zulu were given life sentences for ... Read More

Advocate Pete Mihalik case moves to High Court

The murder case of Cape Town Advocate Pete Mihalik, killed in an alleged assassination hit, was yesterday transferred to the Western Cape High Court for a pre-trial conference on 29 November. News24 says the state has a list of 26 ... Read More

Today's Analyses

NHI Bill and the constitutional hurdles

‘The need for a better healthcare system for all South Africans is nowhere in dispute, but the idea that members of the private system will have no choice but to be served by the dysfunctional public system is, well, heart-stopping ... Read More


Sexual harassment in Lesotho factories addressed

Three major US jean companies have vowed to crack down on abuse in Lesotho after an investigation found women were forced to have sex to keep their factory jobs. Levi Strauss & Co, Kontoor Brands (which owns Wrangler and Lee ... Read More

Life sentences for Cameroon separatist leaders

A military court in Cameroon has handed down life sentences to the head of the country's Anglophone separatist movement, Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe, and nine of his followers. The group was convicted of charges including 'terrorism and secession', government ... Read More

Mutharika not required to testify in disputed poll case

The registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal, Agnes Patemba, says President Peter Mutharika will not appear and answer questions in the disputed election case. ‘There is no sworn statement from President Mutharika,’ said Patemba, adding ... Read More


Former partner challenges constructive dismissal

A former partner at south-east England firm McMillan Williams has told a tribunal she was working in a ‘morally bankrupt environment’ and subjected to years of bullying. A Law Gazette report notes that Helen Clifford, who was head of the ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Rapist released on bail pending sentencing

* A 57-year-old Limpopo pastor found guilty of two counts rape – including that of a minor – has been released on R200 000 bail pending sentencing. The Seshego man, James Thubakgale, was convicted at the Mankweng Regional Court moments before ... Read More

Regional Court hearing for mother of dumped baby

* The Durban woman accused of dumping her baby in a storm water drain will stand trial in the Regional Court, the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court heard yesterday. The woman, charged with attempted murder, appeared briefly before Magistrate Ravi Pillay and ... Read More

Mrs India SA pageant brand returned to owner

* The Mrs India SA pageant owner has won her brand back. The KZN High Court (Durban) ruled that the brand was fraudulently taken from the original owner and founder, Anusha Bisaal, by Annulutchmee Thaver and Deon Ganas. Bisaal, her husband ... Read More

Latest Judgments Online

Mwelase and Others v Director-

Mwelase and Others v Director-General for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and Another (CCT 232/18) [2019] ZACC 30 (20 August 2019) Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act 3 of 1996 – appointment of a special master by ... Read More