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Judgment ends inequalities in land ownership

The Constitutional Court confirmed yesterday that section 1 of the Land Affairs General Amendment Act and section 25A of the Upgrading Act was inconsistent with the Constitution and invalid.

Importance of bail flagged in ruling against Minister

The Minister of Police has been ordered by the Constitutional Court to pay R300 000 in damages plus costs in a wrongful arrest case that dates back to 2012, notes News24.

Displaying apartheid flag ruled 'hate speech'

The displaying of SA's apartheid-era flag has been ruled as constituting 'hate speech, discrimination and harassment'.

Jiba forces Parliament to delay hearings

The parliamentary process to confirm or revoke President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to dismiss two senior NPA officials has been delayed for at least a month following an agreement reached in the Western Cape High Court yesterday, says a Business Day report.

ConCourt victory for labour tenants after 22 years

In his last Constitutional Court judgment, Justice Edwin Cameron, who retired yesterday, ruled in favour of labour tenants who have been trying for more than 22 years to lay claim to a portion of SA's most expensive and prestigious school, Hilton College, in the KZN midlands.

'Unconscionable' interdict against farm workers slammed

Legal experts have questioned an interdict granted to a group of Eastern Cape farmers, saying it unjustifiably limits their farm workers’ constitutional right to speak out against alleged poor treatment.

Ramaphosa signs controversial debt relief Bill

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law the controversial National Credit Amendment Bill which is geared to provide relief to over-indebted consumers, according to a Fin24 report.

Many petition against halting private adoption

More than 50 000 South Africans don’t want the government to pass the Children’s Act Amendment Bill, which could spell the end of private adoptions, says a Times Select report.

Stellenbosch language issue before top court

Stellenbosch University amended its language policy due to political pressure and not for practical reasons, the lobby group Gelyke Kanse/Equal Opportunities claims in papers before the Constitutional Court.

Another ruling broadening access to justice

In a recent ruling which broadens access to justice for the wider population, a third High Court has told banks they are abusing the legal process by bypassing Magistrate's Courts and taking bad-debt cases straight to a judge.

Shack dwellers seek damages over housing delay

Residents of the Winnie Mandela informal settlement in Ekurhuleni are seeking constitutional damages from the local municipality for its failure to build them RDP houses after those allocated to them were illegally occupied by others.

Casac set for tough battle with Ingonyama Trust

The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) is ready for a tough battle when it takes on the Ingonyama Trust over rent paid by people living on trust land.

Full Bench wrestles with debt review issue

A full Bench of the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has reserved judgment in a case that will determine how they deal with applications from consumers who want to get out of debt review before they have been able to pay off all their debts.

Now Zephany Nurse wants to reveal true identity

Zephany Nurse (22), who was stolen from a hospital in Cape Town as a newborn and reunited with her biological parents when she was 17, has applied to the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) for the scrapping of an interim interdict protecting her identity, it was reported at the weekend.

Lawyer hired to stop release of repeat offenders

Hout Bay crime-fighters have hired top criminal defence attorney William Booth to address shortcomings in the justice system that releases repeat offenders to terrorise the valley again, reports Weekend Argus.

Photo ID parade ‘manifestly unjust’

Convicted wife killer Rob Packham has based his SCA application to appeal his conviction on the police’s ‘manifestly unjust’ national photo identification system, which he charges is ‘startling in its application’, says a report on The Citizen site.

R50m Wild Coast settlement dispute resolved?

The battle over a R50m land claim settlement awarded to a rural community after it was forcibly removed to make way for the Wild Coast Sun hotel created by magnate Sol Kerzner appears to have been settled, according to a report in The Sunday Independent.

Mother challenges store over wheelchair access

A Cape Town mother who was told she can no longer bring her wheelchair-bound child into a local superette, is challenging the move in the Equality Court.

Obiang to appeal 2017 assets-attachment order

Teodorin Nguema Obiang – the son of Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – is appealing an attachment order for his SA assets after he was sued by a man who was detained in his country.

Judge orders basic services for farm families

Labour tenants and farm occupiers in the uMgungundlovu District Municipality have emerged victorious in a court battle to get water, sanitation and refuse collection services.

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