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Race-based criteria for funding aid ruled unlawful

The SCA found yesterday that it was unlawful for the Tourism Minister to require that tourism businesses meet B-BBEE requirements in order to be considered for relief from government's Covid-19 fund, says a Fin24 report.


Dutch fugitive fails to persuade SCA on extradition

War crime fugitive Guus Kouwenhoven is a step closer to extradition as his latest legal attempts to try to prevent this have failed.


Copyright Act ruled 'unconstitutional' for blind

Blind SA has scored an important victory in the Gauteng High Court after a decades-long campaign to end the book famine for blind and partially sighted people.


Act discriminates against unmarried fathers

The Constitutional Court has declared section 10 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act – which does not allow an unmarried father to register his child's birth under his surname, unless the mother is present or gives consent – unconstitutional.


UCT senate backs mandatory jabs

Plans to introduce mandatory Covid-19 vaccination among staff and students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are one step closer after a resounding vote by the university’s senate.


ConCourt minority judgments give Zuma new hope

Buoyed by the two dissenting voices on the Constitutional Court Bench – and despite a majority of nine confirming the court will not backtrack on its decision to send Jacob Zuma to jail for his ‘egregious’ contempt – the former President’s legal team is taking his battle with the Constitutional Court over his incarceration to the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights.


Principle of finality must be protected – Zuma ruling

In a judgment noting that 'litigation must at some point, come to an end,’ a majority of the Constitutional Court Bench of nine judges on Friday dismissed with costs of two counsel former President Jacob Zuma’s application for a rescission of its July judgment, which ordered his jailing for 15 months. 


Ramaphosa told about Zuma parole 'after decision'

President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved to distance himself from former President Jacob Zuma's medical parole. Ramaphosa said he was only informed about it once the decision was made, notes a News24 report.


Desperate villagers seeks court help for water access

Four years after the last tap ran dry, a number of Eastern Cape villages that fall under the Mnquma Local Municipality and get their water from the Amathole District Municipality have turned to the courts for help after their attempts to access water were met with a ‘wall of silence’, reports the Daily Maverick.


Vaccinations and the right to bodily integrity

UCT’s senate is set to consider a motion today requesting that the university council institute a mandate requiring all staff and students – not exempted on medical or constitutional grounds – to provide acceptable proof of having been vaccinated against Covid-19.


Labour tenants want more than expropriation

'This is not only about getting our land back. What about the many years I worked from the age of 13 as a domestic worker at the white farmers’ house, cleaning the house, looking after their children, doing their laundry, and working in their garden for six months every year, mostly without pay unless the white farmer was in a good mood, and he would pay me R10 at the end of six months?’


Legal action threat over District Six delays

The District Six Working Committee, the organisation that spearheaded a court case against the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform to compel it to ensure claimants return to the area, is mulling further litigation, notes a News24 report.


Zuma makes new claim against Downer

Former President Jacob Zuma has widened the scope of his legal battle to force the NPA’s lead prosecutor, Advocate Billy Downer SC, out of his corruption trial.


Court win for Cape Town inner city residents

The Western Cape High Court has ruled for the residents of Bromwell Street, Woodstock, after they challenged the City of Cape Town's provision of emergency and temporary housing.


Vaccination card plan soon

The vaccination card, which the government doesn’t want referred to as a vaccination passport, will not deprive people of their basic human rights, Health Minister Joe Phaahla reportedly told News24 yesterday.


Parliament urged to decriminalise dagga

An Eastern Cape government department is calling for the unconditional release of everyone jailed for dealing in or possession of cannabis and also the general decriminalisation of the plant.


Search-and-seizure warrant valid, court rules

An application questioning the validity of a police search-and-seizure warrant used to uncover an illegal gambling operation in George last year has been dismissed in the Western Cape High Court.


‘Tent City’ ruling expected tomorrow

The outcome of the case between the City of Cape Town and advocacy group Ndifuna Ukwazi about homeless people in Green Point has been postponed to tomorrow after Acting Judge Tessa le Roux said she needed more time to read the relevant documents and consider arguments.


ConCourt hears arguments on fruit farm workers' strike

After a 90-minute hearing, the Constitutional Court has reserved judgment in a case involving 173 fruit farm workers who went on strike to challenge their apartheid-era single-sex hostel housing and living conditions at the Oak Valley Estate in Grabouw, reports the Cape Argus.


RTMC remains firm on five-year licence renewals

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has said the requirement for drivers to renew their licences every five years is necessary for road safety.





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