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Judge’s defamation case against John Block dismissed

Retired Judge Frans Kgomo’s defamation case against former Northern Cape ANC provincial chairperson John Block has been dismissed.

RAF bid not to pay Olivia Jackson turned down

Nearly nine years after UK stuntwoman Olivia Jackson was badly injured while filming a movie in SA, she is struggling to receive compensation from the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

School must pay mother for injury on premises

Should the Gauteng MEC for Education and the governing body be held responsible for the damages suffered by a parent who was injured on school premises during a sporting event?

Victim can sue Eskom 16 years after electrocution

Odwa Mbhiyozo – who alleged he was electrocuted by open Eskom cables and seriously injured in January 2007 – told the Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha) that he had only become aware last year that he could institute a damages claim against Eskom.

Sports shop liable for customer’s slip and fall

A customer at a Sportscene shop in Mthatha – injured when she slipped and fell on a wet mat at the entrance to the premises – instituted a damages claim against Sportscene, as she alleged that the fall was due to its negligence.

Police to pay for illegal detention

Illegally detained for 22 hours in a filthy cell in December 2022 after the police mistook pieces of glass for illicit diamonds, Uber driver Tony Sethaba turned to the North West High Court (Mafikeng) to claim R150 000 in damages from the police.

Department guilty of medical negligence

The Eastern Cape High Court (Bhisho) has ruled that the Health Department must pay damages for a child who was born with cerebral palsy as a result of what seems to be medical negligence at a Flagstaff hospital.

Dog owner to pay medical bills following ‘foreseeable’ attack

After failing to put measures in place to prevent a ‘foreseeable’ pit bull mauling of her neighbour’s daughter, a woman’s appeal bid in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has failed.

Judge calls for amici curiae over damages claim

In what The Mercury calls a damages claim with a twist, Nicolaas de Jager (66) – who claimed millions in damages against the Netcare group after he went blind in one eye following an operation – has raised a constitutional challenge after the hospital group had a private investigator monitoring him.

Minister to pay for wrongful arrest

Police Minister Bheki Cele has been ordered to pay R90 000 in damages to Mihlali Mabele who was wrongfully arrested.

Clicks sued over alleged medication error

A David-and-Goliath battle between pharmaceutical retailer Clicks and a woman who claims she almost bled to death after being dispensed the incorrect medication is being fought in the Western Cape High Court.

Judge criticises vile culture at elite boys schools

The conduct of learners and parents from Bishops Diocesan College and Rondebosch Boys’ High School came under scrutiny in the Western Cape High Court yesterday amid an ongoing civil trial involving a R645 000 damages claim.

Over R17m for care of brain-damaged child

The North West’s Health MEC will have to pay a mother of a now 10-year-old child nearly R17.3m in respect of a claim for her child’s future medical expenses after she was born with cerebral palsy.

Arguments over water polo punch aired

A high school brawl involving athletes from two of Cape Town’s most prestigious schools has resulted in a Western Cape High Court clash and a R645 000 damages claim.

Court hears boxer's R8m claim for train accident

A 25-year-old Cape Town boxer is seeking damages of close to R8m, claiming the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) was negligent and did not heed any warnings on the day he was struck by a train which cost him his leg, says a Weekend Argus report.

R1.6m claim against school settled

The mother of a boy who suffered severe head injuries when he fell on a screw protruding from a steel staircase at school is claiming more than R1.6m in damages from the private Spark School in Centurion, for the pain and suffering her child endured as a result of the accident.

Judge highlights African tradition in RAF ruling

Lina Baloyi has successfully turned to the Limpopo High Court (Polokwane) to force the Road Accident Fund (RAF) to pay her for loss of support after her only remaining child died in a car accident.

RAF to pay R12m to brain damaged man

Marnus van Graan – who has been waiting nearly seven years to be compensated after he had submitted a claim to the Road Accident Fund (RAF) following the severe brain damage he had suffered when a car collided with his vehicle as he was overtaking it, is set to receive R12m.

Councillor wins Nelson Mandela Bay damages claim

GOOD councillor in Lawrence Troon, must pay damages of R130 000 to the EFF’s Nelson Mandela Bay chairperson Khanya Ngqisha for defamation, the Eastern Cape High Court (Gqeberha) ruled yesterday.

SAPS to pay damages in 2011 case

Thirteen years after Dibakiso Lehlehla lost her right eye after she was hit by a rubber bullet fired by the police during protest action, she has received justice as two judges of the Western Cape High Court ruled on appeal that the SAPS was indeed liable for her damages.

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