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15 April 2021 Legal News Watch

South Africa

Defiant Zuma repeats judicial bias claims

Former President Jacob Zuma has defied the Constitutional Court again, dismissing its request to make any submission about what sanction he should face for his alleged criminal contempt, instead repeating his claims of judicial bias and darkly hinting that jailing ... Read More

The favoured five for two ConCourt posts

Given the way the interviews went, few will be surprised with the five names the JSC has put forward from which President Cyril Ramaphosa will appoint two new justices of the Constitutional Court, notes Legalbrief. From the eight interviewed this ... Read More

Corrupt judges issue raised at JSC interviews

‘Are you a corrupt judge?’ SCA President Mandisa Maya asked Gauteng Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba. ‘No, president,’ said Ledwaba. The exchange happened during JSC interviews yesterday when allegations of corruption and bribery were raised following emergence of ... Read More

Policy Watch

Covid-19 crisis: Vaccine no-fault compensation scheme planned

A no-fault compensation scheme is to be established, in keeping with SA’s obligations under agreements with Covid-19 vaccine suppliers – who require indemnification against any ‘adverse events’ and ‘severe injuries’ resulting from the use of their products, reports Pam Saxby ... Read More

In Court

Judgment reserved in Rawlins Trust sequestration bid

Judgment was reserved in the Eastern Cape High Court (East London) in the application to confirm the sequestration of the Rawlins Trust, the vehicle used by Richard and Marise Rawlins to trade in cryptocurrency using hundreds of millions of rands ... Read More

New evidence stalls bail bid by alleged killer

New evidence raises the possibility that Jeffreys Bay resident Donovan Wolf (31) premeditated the murder of Clyde Stuurman, says a report in The Herald. Forensic evidence also shows that Stuurman was shot while he was allegedly still more than 2m ... Read More

Murder accused admits to ‘wrong decision’

Murder-accused Melvin Volkwyn has admitted to making a ‘wrong decision’ when he took slain Orderick Lucas (1) with him to a drug house to buy a mandrax tablet, the day before the toddler’s disappearance. A Cape Times report says this ... Read More

Today's Analyses

The unbalanced scales of justice

This week’s SCA ruling against former President Jacob Zuma will not only affect Zuma. ‘It will hopefully also bring an end to (or drastically reduce) the cases in which the state pays the legal fees of private lawyers representing members of ... Read More

Communities remain vulnerable to mining deals

‘The impact of mining operations on rural communities is a contentious issue. There is also concern about the manner in which communities are consulted about mining on their land.’ University of Johannesburg’s Dr Yolandi Meyer adds the Interim Protection ... Read More


Disgraced ex-cricketer banned for eight years

Former Zimbabwe cricket captain and coach Heath Streak was yesterday banned for eight years on corruption charges, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed. He was found guilty of breaching five rules of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code related to betting ... Read More

Somalian President extends his mandate

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed a controversial law extending his mandate for another two years, despite threats of sanctions from the international community. State broadcaster Radio Mogadishu confirmed that Mohamed signed into law ‘the special resolution guiding ... Read More

Ghana’s electricity metre scam flagged

The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) claims representatives of electricity distribution companies ‘and some political actors’ are conniving with homeowners to install illegal meters in their residences. ACEP official Kodzo Yaotse said sub-contractors, service providers and staff who distribute ... Read More


NZ leads world on financial sector climate impacts

New Zealand announced the introduction of legislation this week that will make it the first country in the world to require its financial sector to disclose the impacts of climate change on its business. According to a Jurist report, the ... Read More

ECHR rules Turkey violated jailed writer's rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled this week that Turkey has violated the rights of noted Turkish writer and journalist Ahmet Altan under the European Convention on Human Rights arising from his pre-trial detention on charges relating to ... Read More

Today's Briefs

Laptop allegedly stolen from Bushiri's lawyer

* A laptop was allegedly stolen from the offices of the South African lawyer of self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri. Terrance Baloyi said the laptop contained ‘confidential work information’, but did not elaborate. A case was opened at the Brooklyn police station ... Read More

Sex romp prisons officer fired

* The female prison warden filmed in a sex romp with a male prisoner at a KZN prison has been fired. The official was dismissed from the Ncome Correctional Facility. A second official, a female officer who allowed the two to ... Read More

Two life terms for father who poisoned sons

* The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) yesterday sentenced a 37-year-old man to two life sentences after he killed his sons aged 11 and 12. Brits resident Dannyboy Fistos Khumalo gave his sons poisoned water to drink last year. Read More

Mother in court for boiling newborn

* A 29-year-old woman, accused of killing her newborn baby by dipping her into a 20-litre bucket of boiling water, has made her first appearance in the Brits Magistrate's Court to face one count of murder. It is alleged she ... Read More

Alleged gang members appear for policeman's killing

* Seven suspects made a brief appearance in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court, Cape Town, in connection with the murder of Sergeant Thomas Ngobeni of the Mowbray Detective Unit, who was killed after being attacked with bricks and bottles. The ... Read More

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