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27 November 2020 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Court told of Mkhwebane's 'nail the President' mission

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and her lawyer were given a roasting in the cauldron of the Constitutional Court yesterday when she argued for leave to appeal directly against a judgment setting aside her report that found President Cyril Ramaphosa deliberately ... Read More

GCB lashes Zuma Foundation for Ngcukaitobi claims

The General Council of the Bar (GCB) has condemned the JG Zuma Foundation for accusing renowned senior counsel Tembeka Ngcukaitobi of ‘irregularly assisting’ the Zondo Commission to take court action against the former President for refusing to testify before it ... Read More

EFF members were scary, inquiry hears

A parliamentary presiding officer yesterday told a disciplinary hearing looking into the conduct of EFF MPs that she feared they were going to attack or even stab Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan during his budget vote last year. EWN reports ... Read More

Policy Watch

Policy: More time to comment on audio-visual content

Stakeholders now have until 15 February 2021 to comment on a draft policy framework for ‘audio and audio-visual content services’ among other things proposing a new licensing system. The Government Gazette notice announcing this yesterday gives no reasons for the ... Read More

In Court

Businessman's accounts frozen over alleged Ters rip-off

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has granted the NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) an order to freeze bank accounts containing R111m connected to Hammanskraal businessman Thabo Abel Simbini and his business, Impossible Services, the NPA said yesterday. Simbini has appeared ... Read More

Four more charged in taxi shoot-out case

Four more people arrested in connection with a shooting that injured seven people, including a wheelchair-bound woman at the Cape Town CBD's taxi deck, made their first court appearance yesterday, says a News24 report. The group appeared in the ... Read More

Murder accused denies 'crushing' confession

The man accused of killing University of Johannesburg student Palesa Madiba disputes a witness's testimony that he allegedly confessed to 'crushing' her, News24 reports. 'That's a lie, we never went to a party at Kliptown, we never slept ... Read More

Today's Analyses

Children's Bill fails to address major challenges

The Children's Amendment Bill was first gazetted two years ago with the initial objective of providing a comprehensive legal solution for the decade-long foster care crisis. But, write Robyn Wolfson Vorster and Paula Proudlock, it has turned out to ... Read More

Could Hawks case bring end to Stalingrad tactics?

The trend of employing the so-called Stalingrad tactic to delay criminal trials, which has come to define almost every high-profile case involving corruption, most notably that of former President Jacob Zuma, may soon come to an end, says legal writer ... Read More


Uganda’s anti-gay sentiment fuelled by lockdown

A group of Ugandan men have recalled how they they were accused of homosexuality and arrested, imprisoned and denied access to their lawyers for six weeks – all under the guise of public health protections because of the coronavirus pandemic ... Read More

Nigeria’s terrorism figures decline significantly

Total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 1 245 in 2019, a 39% decline, making it the lowest in the country since 2011. That’s according to a 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report which noted that terror-related incidents also ... Read More

Former Nigerian leader denies UK graft claims

Former Nigerian head of state Yakubu Gowon has denied allegations that he stole ‘half’ of the country’s Central Bank. This after Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat told Parliament that UK banks have been used for the illegal transfer of assets and ... Read More


Trump almost concedes he's a loser

Donald Trump has said that he will leave the White House when the electoral college votes for Democratic president-elect Joe Biden in what a report in The Guardian says is the closest the outgoing President has come to conceding defeat ... Read More

Trump pardons former national security adviser

President Donald Trump has pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with a Russian diplomat and whose prosecution Attorney-General William Barr tried to shut down. The ... Read More

Today's Briefs

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Authorities warn on EFT transactions

* The SA Reserve Bank and the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), in consultation with the Payments Association of SA, have warned the public not to use instant electronic funds transfer (EFT) online payment services as a payment option. The regulators ... Read More

R10 000 fine for Bushiri's 'sister'

* A woman believed to be the sister of Malawian fugitive pastor Shepherd Bushiri yesterday paid an admission of guilt fine of R10 000 for being in SA illegally. Ester Bushiri appeared briefly at the Midrand Magistrate's Court. According to ... Read More

Two abalone smugglers sentenced

* Two abalone smugglers from the Western Cape linked to an international syndicate have been sentenced. Denver Langenhoven and Solomon Sauls were convicted and sentenced in the Cape Town Regional Court. Langenhoven was convicted for being an active member of an ... Read More