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20 September 2019 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Ramaphosa defied court to target Jiba – counsel

Sacked deputy NDPP Nomgcobo Jiba's bid to be reinstated to her position in the NPA got under way in the Western Cape High Court yesterday when Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, who is also former President Jacob Zuma's counsel, argued ... Read More

Speaker seeks to join Ramaphosa-Mkhwebane battle

Speaker of Parliament Thandi Modise has entered the fray in the battle between President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Public Protector, saying she wants to join the case in which Ramaphosa is challenging Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s Bosasa report on the R500 000 ... Read More

Mrwebi, Ntlemeza protected Mdluli – testimony

Former Specialised Commercial Crime Unit head Lawrence Mrwebi deliberately dropped a 2012 case against then Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, says Hawks investigator Kobus Roelofse. Giving evidence at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Victim Support Services Bill prioritised

A Victim Support Services Bill among other things aimed at regulating the provision of shelters for women in abusive relationships appears to have been on the Department of Social Development’s to-do list for some time. It resurfaced in a speech ... Read More

Legislation: Credit Act regulatory review begins

In the course of conducting a routine mandatory assessment of National Credit Act regulations, the Department of Trade & Industry has identified several possibly requiring amendment. With that in mind, it released a discussion document yesterday for comment by 27 ... Read More

Economy: IRP, spectrum release processes limp forward

The long-awaited, updated integrated resource plan (IRP) for ensuring sustainable energy supply recently signed off by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Mining Weekly) is still being considered by Cabinet, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch.  Minister in ... Read More

In Court

Shock twist in soldier's murder case

The case of the murder of a SANDF soldier took a shocking twist yesterday when it was revealed the teenager, accused alongside four adults, has also been linked to a rape case, says a News24 report. Prosecutor Nathan Adriaanse told ... Read More

End of first round of Glebelands trial

In the first leg of the Glebelands Eight trial in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) defence counsel focused on inconsistencies in testimonies, which, according to the Daily Maverick, was not unexpected, as two witnesses in particular appear to have been ... Read More

Teacher allegedly planned pupil's kidnapping

Tharina Human went as far as planning her own kidnapping or that of anyone close to her father to pay off Nigerians she owed money to, the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday. A TimesLIVE report notes that Constable Clayton Motloung ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Judiciary still needs certainty on Rule 53

‘It might have been hoped that the Constitutional Court would have developed a framework by which to guide the rest of the judiciary as to when the boundary of judicial supervision is overstepped in order to provide much-needed legal certainty ... Read More

Landmark surveillance ruling a solid trouncing

Former President Jacob Zuma worked for a decade to undermine the authority of democracy by building parallel structures of corrupt patronage and personal and party loyalty. ‘Now the state is so damaged that its ability to meet the minimum standards ... Read More


Missing Zimbabwean doctor found

Zimbabwean doctor and protest leader Peter Magombeyi has finally been found. Magombeyi was allegedly abducted nearly a week ago. A spokesperson for President Emerson Mnangagwa dismissed the abduction as 'a characteristic propaganda stunt by the opposition and its supporters'. BBC ... Read More

eSwatini gender ruling saluted

The eSwatini High Court has ruled that women must be enabled to buy or sell property or land and sign contracts or conduct legal proceedings without the consent of their husbands. The case challenged the inconsistency of section 24 and ... Read More

'Stereotyped' Nigerians continue to flee SA

More than 500 Nigerians fearing xenophobic attacks have now been repatriated by a second flight which landed yesterday. A TimesLIVE report notes that Air Peace evacuated 315 people in the latest flight with the airline’s CEO Allen Onyema promising that ... Read More


Court ruling on suspended Parliament next week

The UK Parliament should be allowed to reassemble next week, the Supreme Court has been urged, as the legal battle over Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension threatened to escalate into a constitutional crisis over who has authority to recall MPs and ... Read More

Japanese court clears Fukushima execs of negligence

More than eight years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese court has cleared three former executives of the firm operating the plant of professional negligence. According to a BBC News report, it was the only criminal case to arise ... Read More

Ex-barrister accuses Supreme Court justice of misogny

A former barrister who accuses Supreme Court Justice Lord Briggs of discrimination and misogyny has failed in a court challenge to have her complaint reassessed. According to a Law Gazette report, in Lonsdale, R (on the application of) v The ... Read More

Today's Briefs

19 years for rape of boy (12)

* An Eastern Cape man, Yandisa Jonas (28), was sentenced to an effective 19 years behind bars by the Butterworth Regional Court yesterday for the rape of a 12-year-old boy. Read More

Latest Judgments Online

KZN Bookmakers’ Society

KZN Bookmakers’ Society v Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Ltd (889/2018) [2019] ZASCA 116 (19 September 2019) National Gambling Act 7 of 2004 – meaning of totalisator betting on sports – Lotteries Act 57 of 1997 – meaning of ‘sports ... Read More