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Court action planned to bar use of Bok emblem

An Eastern Cape man is seeking to have the courts bar the use of the Springbok emblem, arguing it is an illegal and gratuitous display of an apartheid symbol.


Court rules boy’s education trumps eviction bid

A judge has shot down a company’s insistence that a family with a boy (16) in matric should be evicted from its farm now before the end of the school year.


Legality of police raids to recovery property questioned

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute (Seri) has expressed concern with the police raids on people’s homes in Sebokeng, near the Vaal, in pursuit of looted goods from the unrest that gripped Gauteng and KZN a few days ago.


It's Stalingrad season 27 – Trengove on Zuma

Whether former President Jacob Zuma has succeeded in further delaying his corruption trial will be known today when KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) Judge Piet Koen delivers his decision on the former President’s application to postpone a virtual hearing so he can be present to make an oral submission. 


Advocate appointed to head decuplets story inquiry

Independent Media says it has appointed veteran anti-apartheid lawyer, Michael Donen SC, to chair its external inquiry into the Tembisa decuplets story, according to a report on the IoL site.


Zuma to seek postponement of corruption trial

Jacob Zuma will argue for a postponement of his corruption trial when it resumes in virtual mode before the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) this morning.


SCA rules against 2009 farm eviction

After a 12-year battle, Clara Phillips (84) and her disabled son have been vindicated by the SCA that ruled against their eviction from a Somerset West property.


Now Zuma seeks 'fair trial' hearing on 'spy tapes'

Former President Jacob Zuma's lawyers want the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) to hold a ‘spy tapes’ hearing to determine if his rights to a fair trial were violated by the NPA – and they have applied for the right to call witnesses, according to legal writer Karyn Maughan in a News24 report.


ConCourt must not be intimidated

Unprincipled lawyers and others who speak on behalf of Jacob Zuma are comfortable to weaponise gender, race, ethnicity, and poor legal argument in defence of the indefensible.


Another test for the rule of law

Having taken a trouncing in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritburg) on Friday when his application to stay his arrest was dismissed with costs, Jacob Zuma’s legal team turns its attention to the Constitutional Court today, which will adjudicate on his application to reverse or ‘rescind’ its judgment that held him in contempt of court and sentenced him to 15 months in prison.


Zuma considers new freedom strategy

Having stretched his resistance to his incarceration to the limit on Wednesday night, former President Jacob Zuma is considering seeking to secure his release while the Constitutional Court decides on his application for a rescission of its ruling that he was guilty of contempt for defying its orders to appear before the State Capture Inquiry.


Zuma treating ConCourt like a casino

Like Humpty Dumpty, once the rule of law is broken by a general perception that court orders do not have to be obeyed, it cannot be put back together in precisely the same way it was.


Zuma jailed despite last-ditch plea to ConCourt

After a tense stand-off outside his Nkandla home, Jacob Zuma was taken to the Estcort Correctional Centre in KZN last night, minutes before the expiry of a court deadline for the police to arrest the former President who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt.


Black doctors allege exit exams discrimination

Black doctors have lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) against the body tasked with examining them – the Colleges of Medicine of SA (CMSA).


Zuma's freedom in balance as arrest deadline looms

Although the pivotal issue is the court’s jurisdiction to stay the Constitutional Court’s order that President Jacob Zuma be jailed for contempt of court, Zuma’s counsel resorted to appealing to Judge Bhekisisa Mnguni to view with sympathy the plea of ‘a penniless, old man with health issues’ when the matter played out in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) yesterday.


Ground-breaking action against insurers mooted

Insurance Claims Africa (ICA), the public loss adjuster spearheading the fight against insurers over Covid-19 business interruption claims, has lambasted SA's short-term insurance sector for using lawyers to delay settling claims and has hinted it may launch ‘ground-breaking litigation’ against the sector, says a Business Day report.


Police back off arresting Jacob Zuma

Police have backed off arresting President Jacob Zuma unless specifically ordered to do so. In what a Business Day report describes as a last-ditch effort to avoid arresting Zuma, the police have written to the Constitutional Court arguing to desist from enacting the order pending the outcome of legal challenges to the apex court’s ruling of a 15-month sentence for Zuma, after he defied an order of the court to testify before the state capture inquiry.


Will ConCourt rise to Zuma’s challenge?

Jacob Zuma has now resorted to invoking the rules of court that provide for the setting aside of orders granted in error.


An interminable waiting game

The Prudhoe community, whose land claim has been stalled by ineptitude for 23 years, have still not had their land restored to them – despite the Constitutional Court dismissing the last legal challenge to it more than nine months ago.


Man gets damages for being held next to smelly loo

While it was an unpleasant experience for a man who was arrested and had to spend three nights sleeping next to a smelly toilet in a holding cell, it all ended well for him.





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