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ConCourt criticises trustees for improper motives

The Constitutional Court has given the trustees of the Goede Hoop Trust a tongue-lashing for having ‘improper motives’ and using farmworkers as a means to frustrate the execution of sale of a wine estate to recover money owed to Nedbank.  

Speaker prepares for arrest after court ruling

National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she is willing to hand herself over to the police from today to effect her arrest over allegations of corruption and bribery.

R1m compensation award in failed restitution bid

A Mpumalanga family has been awarded R1m compensation by the Land Claims Court in a restitution claim for land currently used for timber operations dating back almost 20 years.

Pistorius legal team hope for immediate release

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius hope the former Paralympic champion, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend a decade ago, will be released immediately if granted parole today.

Judge refuses to admit victim impact statement

The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has refused to admit a victim impact statement on how the death of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu affected the Zulu royal family.

Court date for urine scandal student

Expelled Stellenbosch University student Theuns du Toit has been summoned to appeared in the Stellenbosch Regional Court on charges of crimen injuria and malicious damage to property, Die Burger reports.

SCA finds prisoner computer ban unconstitutional

The Minister of Justice & Correctional Services and National Commissioner for Correctional Services have a year to rectify a policy which allows prisons to bar inmates from using personal computers in their cells.

Groundbreaking judgment on maternity leave for fathers

In what a Pretoria News report calls a groundbreaking judgment for new parents – especially fathers – a court has ruled that both parents are entitled to maternity leave.

Prisoner struggles to appeal sentence over file debacle

Sifiso Tembe has been unable to appeal his prison sentence because the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) erroneously told his legal representatives that his case number was incorrect, and that they did not have his file, reports GroundUp.

Ban on electronic equipment in Gumede case challenged

The media is challenging a court ban against the use of cellphones, laptops, and video and audio recordings in the corruption trial of former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and 21 others.

Muslims dismiss Matrimonial Property Act plans

The SA Law Review Commission (LRC) discussion paper – which proposes progressive changes to the country’s 40-year-old Matrimonial Property Act – has appeared to raise the ire of some members of the Muslim community.

ConCourt confirms landmark ruling for divorcees

The Constitutional Court has ordered Parliament to amend the Divorce Act to give more spouses a chance to claim a share of the assets of a former partner after a split.

Hearing for eviction order against homeless sites underway

The Western Cape High Court is hearing an application by the City of Cape Town to obtain a final eviction order for several homeless encampment sites across the CBD.

Pistorius was eligible for parole six months ago

The Constitutional Court has confirmed convicted killer Oscar Pistorius had served half of his sentence by 21 March this year.

Murder conviction overturned 19 years later

After 19 years behind bars, George Robertson walked out of prison a free man last week – his conviction for murdering his father overturned after a protracted battle to have his appeal heard.

Church violating order on gay marriage

The Dutch Reformed Church has been violating a court order on gay marriage for the past four years, according to a prominent lawyer.

Legal challenge stalls Bishopscourt land claim

More than 50 years after the Protea Village Community (PVC) in Bishopscourt was forcibly displaced by the Group Areas Act, environmentalists are mounting a legal challenge that could further stall their return to the land.

Thief’s sentencing set aside on irregularity

Josquin September has been released from custody after his conviction and sentencing for stealing libido tablets to the value of R110 from a Dis-Chem store last year was set aside.

Student body lodges complaint against EFF

The Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (Daso) last week filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC), against members of the EFF and Student Command (EFFSC) last week.

Unequal battle between banks and clients

The uneven battle between consumers and the big banks is explored by financial journalist Ciaran Ryan.

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