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30 June 2022 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Gupta extradition process lost in translation

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says an official request to extradite the Gupta brothers, Atul and Rajesh, is yet to be translated to Arabic. SA has 60 days from the date of arrest – 2 June – to submit the formal ... Read More

Gupta link to SA national’s UAE ordeal

A project manager for the Setsoto Municipality in the Eastern Free State has been barred from returning home from Abu Dhabi for nine years after being lured there in 2013 by international scamster and Indian national Amit Lamba on the ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Deadline for comment on education Bill extended

Parliament’s Basic Education Committee has extended the deadline for stakeholders and interested individuals to submit written comments on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill to 15 August, writes Wyndham Hartley.  Committee chair Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba said, in a statement, the committee ... Read More

General: Independent lawyer to probe parliamentary violence

An independent investigator, Elizabeth Baloyi-Mere, has been appointed to investigate complaints of gender-based violence, sexual harassment, intimidation and violence between EFF members and the Parliamentary Protection Services officials, Parliament has said in a statement.  Wyndham Hartley reports that Parliament ... Read More

Case Law Briefs v Minister of Communications (Analogue switch-off)

Constitutional Court (Pty) Limited v Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies and Others; Media Monitoring Africa and Another v (Pty) Limited and Others Judgment: 28 June 2022 Keywords: Analogue switch-off date – Procedural rationality, review and remedy Summary: After the High ... Read More

Women's Legal Centre Trust v President (Muslim marriages)

Constitutional Court Women's Legal Centre Trust v President of the RSA and Others Judgment: 28 June 2022 Keywords: Constitutional law – Non-recognition of Muslim marriages – Divorce Act 70 of 1979, ss 6,7,9,10 – Marriage Act 25 of 1961 Summary: The ... Read More

In Court

Alleged drug-smuggling lawyer gets bail

Lawyer Ayanda Lennox Pupa (39) has been granted R20 000 bail by the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court after he was caught trying to smuggle drugs to his client who was appearing in court. A Cape Argus report says Pupa was at ... Read More

Teacher's duster assault case postponed

East London primary schoolteacher Siphosethu Mayase, who allegedly assaulted a pupil in her class with a blackboard duster, made her first appearance in the East London Magistrate’s Court on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm ... Read More

Man denied bail for allegedly assaulting teenager

The man accused of assaulting a Limpopo teenager, allegedly after an argument over seasoning salt, has been denied bail, reports The Citizen. Corrie Pretorius appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court yesterday. He faces charges of assault with intent to cause ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Zondo let bankers off the hook

The Zondo Commission dedicated 100 of the 5 500 pages in its final reports to describe the money laundering systems used to divert the loot of state capture to Gupta ‘bolt holes’ outside SA. Yet despite describing obvious failures of ... Read More

Nothing to stop 'clean hydrogen journey’

‘The government has ambitious plans for SA to become a global player in hydrogen production, particularly in the blue and green end of the hydrogen spectrum, while decarbonising the economy. These plans are spelt out in the Hydrogen Society Roadmap published ... Read More


Ex-Tunisian PM’s jail sentence upheld

An Algerian appeals court has upheld former Energy Minister Chakib Khelil’s 20-year jail term for corruption relating to the awarding of government contracts. A report on the News24 site notes that the court also fined him 2m dinars ($13 600 ... Read More

Mass graft trial begins in Angola

A mass corruption trial is under way in Angola with nearly 50 army and state security officers accused of numerous crimes, including embezzlement and abuse of power. BBC News reports that most of them were employed during the era of ... Read More

Zimbabwe’s efforts to rejoin Commonwealth snubbed

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (ZHRNGO Forum) has cited Zimbabwe’s poor rights record as an indication the country is not yet ready to rejoin the Commonwealth following its unsuccessful application for re-admittance. New Zimbabwe reports that the country re-applied ... Read More


R Kelly gets 30-year jail term

Singer R Kelly was yesterday sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing women, girls and boys, more than 20 years after first facing allegations. A New York jury last year found Kelly guilty of sex trafficking and racketeering ... Read More

Life sentence for 2015 Paris attacker

Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the 10-man unit that carried out co-ordinated terror attacks in Paris in 2015, has been found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. The Guardian reports that the Brussels-born French citizen was ... Read More

Spain approves draft LBTQ+ Bill

Spain’s Cabinet this week approved a draft Bill on LGBTQ+ rights which aims to increase the rights of trans and gender nonconforming minors. Unlike the Bill’s 2021 version, the current text extends these rights to non-citizens living in Spain. A ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Deadline extended

* The deadline for public comments on the controversial Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill have been extended to 15 August. Parliamentary committee chairperson Bngiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba said they received several requests to re-open the period. The initial deadline was 15 June. Read More

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