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Minister overturns Watson wind farm authorisation

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Environmental Law
The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned, at least temporarily.

NPA seeking extradition of Grace Mugabe

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
The NPA was silent yesterday about AfriForum's claims that the prosecuting authority has applied for the extradition of Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace Mugabe. A News24 report says the extradition is in connection with the alleged assault of model Gabriella Engels in Johannesburg in 2017.

Copyright Bill is 'expropriation without compensation'

The Coalition for Effective Copyright has petitioned President Cyril Ramaphosa not to sign the Copyright Amendment Bill into law. At a media briefing at Constitutional Hill yesterday, the coalition's spokesperson Collen Dlamini said if the Bill was signed into law it would amount to expropriation of local content without compensation, says a TimesLIVE report.

Miner sues over incorrect HIV diagnosis

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
A Limpopo miner who believed he was HIV positive and used anti-retroviral medication is suing his doctor for R478 000, Beeld reports.

SARS seeks R388m from Lifman

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Tags: #Insolvency Law #Litigation #Tax Law
SARS is seeking R388m in taxes owed by businessman Mark Lifman and has asked the High Court to put all his business entities under liquidation in an attempt to recoup the money.

Lawyers march to demand share of cases

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Attorneys and advocates in Mthatha marched through the CBD to demand cases from the government yesterday – and they won, notes Legalbrief. They brought the courts to a halt for the morning, and later in the day, the target of their wrath, Mthatha Deputy State Attorney Johan van Schalkwyk, said he was throwing in the towel and heading back to the State Attorney’s Office in Gauteng.

SCA confirms prison sentences for five killer policemen

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
Three appeal judges have ruled that the police have a duty to protect the public, and even suspected criminals deserve to be treated with dignity, notes a report in The Mercury. They confirmed the five-year effective prison sentences of five KZN police officials, who were involved in breaking the neck of a suspected robber during an interrogation.

Grandmother’s urgent court bid an ‘abuse’ of system

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation
A multi-millionaire grandmother who controls her children through her fortunes got more than she bargained after she sought urgent help through the court to see her granddaughter (8), says a Pretoria News report. The elderly woman, identified as R in a Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) judgment, demanded that the court immediately listen to her case as it involved a child.

Ramaphosa not opposing challenge to arms deal report

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Litigation
President Cyril Ramaphosa will not fight a major legal challenge to the R140m arms deal inquiry, which found there was no evidence of corruption in the multibillion-rand agreement. A Business Day report suggests Ramaphosa’s decision not to oppose the review application filed by Corruption Watch and Right2Know could have significant consequences for former President Jacob Zuma, who has used the report, compiled by Judge Willie Seriti, in his pending bid to permanently stay his prosecution for corruption.

Brian Shivambu has defaulted on VBS loan

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Banking & Finance Law #Insolvency Law #Litigation
The provisional liquidator of the VBS Mutual Bank has approached the courts to recover R2.7m loaned by the bank to cash-strapped businessperson, Brian Shivambu, younger brother of EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu. A Mail & Guardian report notes the funds are part of a R4m loan facility controversially granted to Shivambu’s company Sgameka Projects by the bank in late 2017.

Ruling urges tolerance of employees' religious beliefs

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Employment Law #Litigation
A recent Labour Appeal Court ruling amounts to a stark warning to employers to be more tolerant of their employees’ religious beliefs. The court ruled in favour of Deidre Beverley Faris, who took her employer, TDF Network Africa, to court over what she deemed was an unfair dismissal over her unavailability to work over the Sabbath.

Questions over tender award to ANC-linked firm

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Litigation
Umgeni Water broke National Treasury’s rules and awarded a R220m security tender to an ANC-linked company whose taxes were not in order at the time, says a City Press report. In December, Umgeni Water awarded the three-year tender to guard the water utility’s assets to Reshebile Aviation and Protection Services, which at the time owed SARS both payroll tax and VAT. Treasury forbids the awarding of tenders to companies which are not tax compliant.

Zuma appointment of tribal king 'gender discrimination'

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation
The SCA has set aside former President Jacob Zuma’s decision to install Toni Mphephu Ramabulana as king of Vhavenda, ruling on Friday that his appointment was illegal and unconstitutional, notes a report in The Citizen.

Wrongfully convicted would-be lawyer can't get a job

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice
Njabulo Ndlovu (36), who spent 14 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit and graduated with an LLB degree during that time, is unable to find work because his record still shows he is an ex-convict with a criminal record.

Couple sues over alleged SIM swap scam

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Litigation
Petrus and Hendrina Malan are suing Absa and Vodacom for about R1.18m, claiming they were swindled out of their company’s working capital through a SIM swap scam.

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