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Landmark judgment allows live-streaming in court

The public and other interested parties attending court hearings will now be able to live-stream the proceedings after a ground-breaking judgment by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) yesterday. Until now, only recognised media houses could apply for the broadcasting and live streaming of court proceedings, the Pretoria News reports.

Cyber attacks on legal profession increasing

Hack attacks, ransom threats and theft of money through fraudulent transactions are all becoming a stark reality for legal professionals and law firms around the world, says a legal risk adviser.

Traders snared in forex scam

Two KZN women caught in a sophisticated online cryptocurrency and forex trading scam have appealed for other victims to come forward and lay criminal charges.

Entrepreneurs seek R280m from Nebank over card-blocker

Two entrepreneurs applied to the Court of the Commissioner of Patents in Pretoria this week for an interdict to stop Nedbank from using a card blocking system they say was stolen from them, notes a Moneyweb report.

Don't allow journalists to dictate, court urged

A senior counsel representing the State Security Agency told the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) yesterday that journalists were not entitled to dictate how the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) should be implemented.

PIC pushed for MTN changes to settle disputes

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the MTN Group's biggest shareholder, is pushing for changes at the mobile-phone company to avoid the regulatory, legal and political disputes that have cut its share price by more than half over the past four years, BusinessLIVE says.

Vodacom, MTN rapped over high data prices

Vodacom Group and MTN Group shares fell after one of the competition regulators ruled that SA’s two largest mobile-phone companies overcharge customers for data – particularly those on lower incomes. According to a Fin24 report, the two carriers bill more in their home market than in other countries in which they operate, the Competition Commission said in a provisional report on an inquiry that began in August 2017.

Eskom troubles open door to IPPs

The continuing troubles at Eskom open the way for independent renewable energy to play a greater role in the energy mix, Jeff Radebe, told the eighth Africa Power roundtable yesterday, according to a Business Day report. ‘Given the crisis at Eskom, I foresee a larger role for renewables,’ he said in opening the two-day event, hosted by DLO Energy Resources.

Makate slams Vodacom over ‘greedy’ claim

Nkosana Makate has hit out at Vodacom for portraying him as ‘greedy and unreasonable’ after the company said it had been generous in its compensation offer to him. ‘The CEO's determination considers me as a charity case and ignores the fact that I have a binding commercial agreement with Vodacom as found by the High Court and upheld by the Constitutional Court,’ said Makate.

'Please Call Me' inventor threatens fresh legal action

Nkosana Makate is expected to take Vodacom back to court to fight the compensation offer made for his 'Please Call Me' idea. The Sowetan yesterday reported that Makate said his legal team has already drafted court papers to have Vodacom's determination reviewed. 'It is ridiculous and it is flawed, so on that basis we are going to review it,' he told the paper.

ANC considers litigation over website loss

The ANC failed to obtain rights to the domain name of its website after an adjudicator, appointed by, ruled against the party this week, says a News24 report. The party approached the body after service provider Unwembi Communications claimed ownership of ANC domain name

Alleged 'Bitcoin' kidnappers denied bail

Two men alleged to have kidnapped a Witbank boy and demanded Bitcoins in exchange for his safe return will spend the next few months behind bars as they await trial. The pair appeared in the Witbank Magistrate's Court yesterday where their case was postponed to 17 April, says TimesLIVE.

Boycott threat as Vodacom battle escalates

Vodacom is facing the escalating wrath of customers and citizens over its long battle with former employee Nkosana Makate, who invented the Please Call Me service. The Star reports Vodacom has been warned that it has until 10am today to pay Makate or face citizens who are mobilising for a total shutdown of services at Vodacom stores.

MEC calls on Vodacom to pay inventor

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has entered the dispute between Vodacom and 'Please Call Me' inventor Nkosana Makate, calling on the cellphone giant to pay up by the end of January. In a tweet, Lesufi says Vodacom will face the 'wrath of the nation' if it did not pay up, according to a TimesLIVE report.

‘Please Call Me’ inventor denies Vodacom pact

The long protracted legal battle between Vodacom and ‘Mr Please Call Me’ Nkosana Makate (42) seems to be far from over, notes a report on the SowetanLIVE site. The latest salvo between the two comes after Vodacom was reported as saying it had agreed to pay ‘reasonable compensation’ to Makate. However, Makate took to his Facebook page to dispute that he had agreed to what he deemed an ‘insult’.

Ruling stalls Eastern Cape Internet rollout

The Eastern Cape’s multimillion-rand broadband project – at the centre of a legal battle between two state organs – has been ruled irregular by the Eastern Cape High Court (Bhisho). Judge John Smith declared the R220m project – awarded to Liquid Telecom in October 2017 – ‘reviewable’ and that the Eastern Cape entered into the contract without approval from the State Information Technology Agency (Sita).

ANC registers concern over digital divide

The ANC is concerned about the digital divide due to high data costs and has joined mobile data service providers in the call for ‘more spectrum’, says a Fin24 report. Noting ‘the cost of data in SA is significantly higher than other African countries’, the ANC's Phelisa Nkomo said the release of spectrum would lessen the network burden of operators. This submission was made on the third and final day of the Competition Commission’s Data Market Inquiry on Friday in Pretoria.

Data costs depend spectrum

Both Vodacom and MTN have indicated data prices could fall dramatically when access to new radio frequency spectrum becomes available, notes Legalbrief. This became evident at the Competition Commission’s public hearings as part of its inquiry into the country’s data costs, which are perceived to be abnormally high.

Discovery acts to contain clients' information leak

Discovery has moved swiftly to seal the document to contain possible fallout after hundreds of its clients had personal information such as names, ID numbers and contact details disclosed in court papers that have been accessed by third parties. Discovery said yesterday the data was never publicly disclosed and it had taken steps to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act, notes BusinessLIVE.

Hacker claims to have disabled Treasury website

Treasury is the latest victim in a spate of hacking attacks aimed at government websites. News24 reports that it received an alert from anonymous Twitter user @VirusSec that Treasury would be his latest target. Moments later, the government department's website was inaccessible.

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