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Private wills are considered sacrosanct – as long as a person is of ‘sound mind’ and not financially responsible for any minor children, they are legally entitled to pass on their assets to whomever they please.
Cape Bar attorney Sibonile Khoza, representing a mother and her disabled child pro bono, argues that a policy denying prams and people in wheelchairs entry to stores is discriminatory and has a marginalising effect on people with disabilities.
The EFF in Tshwane has expressed its support for land-grabbers, who recently made futile attempts to illegally occupy empty plots in Silverlakes and Boschkop.
Shoprite has been fined R1m by the National Consumer Tribunal for breaching the National Credit Act after it was found to have lent recklessly to vulnerable consumers.
Minister of Defence & Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula – in her official capacity as head of the SANDF – is facing a claim of about R120m from civilian families ousted from the Marievale military base near Nigel, Gauteng.
ANC Mpumalanga bigwig Charles Makola is set to lose his R1.6m Witbank property after he failed to pay R1.3m he owed to Absa, according to a Cape Argus report.
The court battle between Rhodes University and Yolanda Dyantyi – a student it expelled for being part of a violent campus protest against ‘rape culture’ at the Makhanda institution – is on hold for now.
The law providing for paid parental leave for parents of new-born children, which took effect on 1 January, has been welcomed by trade union federation Cosatu, notes BusinessLIVE.
The Western Cape High Court has delivered a damning judgment against credit providers for overcharging on legal fees and interest in contravention of the National Credit Act (NCA) which came into force in 2007, says a Moneyweb report.
The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) ordered that an unnamed place of safety and the police return twin girls to their parents after they were ‘lost’ in the social care system for four days following their parents arrest.
In a ground-breaking judgment, the Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown) yesterday ruled that the Basic Education Department will have to provide and fund education for all undocumented children, including children of illegal foreigners.
The Western Cape High Court has extended interim relief to homeless people in Cape Town from receiving fines and summons or having their personal property interfered with in terms of by-laws around them inhabiting public places.
The Western Cape High Court has postponed the hearing on the eviction of 76 families from a state-owned farm outside Stellenbosch, at the request of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development, according to a West Cape News report on the GroundUp site.
Black workers who live in a single-sex hostel at a Western Cape wine estate have been told the Equality Court is not the correct forum to resolve their grievances.
The Constitutional Court held yesterday that the doctrine of common purpose applied to the common law crime of rape. It made the finding in dismissing an appeal by two men who were convicted of rape 20 years ago under the doctrine of common purpose.
The owner of a superette in Woodlands, Cape Town, was yesterday reprimanded by an Equality Court magistrate for 'wasting the court's time' and failing to see the 'seriousness' of the complaint against him.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane maintains she does have the power to obtain former President Jacob Zuma's tax information from SARS whose refusal to provide it, she says, could result in ‘criminal sanctions', notes News24.
With the Festive Season (and our Summer Holidays!) well and truly upon us, you may be inviting family or friends to visit you from overseas with their children, or perhaps you are a foreigner planning a family trip to South Africa. Either way here’s some good news in the form of a welcome concession from government in regard to the documentation you will need to produce on entry.
A group of 30 women police officers handcuffed a father who had missed a Maintenance Court hearing and sang Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo (You strike a woman, you strike a rock) as they marched him out of his office.
The anonymity of child victims or perpetrators of crime should remain beyond the age of 18, unless they consent to revealing their identity after they have reached adulthood. The Constitutional Court made this provisional order yesterday as it extended the protection of anonymity to child victims, witnesses and perpetrators of crime, says a TimesLIVE report.