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Doctor argues against disciplinary action over scheme

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Litigation
A doctor who allegedly ran dodgy financial schemes that cost his patients millions has approached the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) for an order preventing the Health Professions Council (HPCSA) from taking disciplinary action against him. According to Rapport, the sequestrated Dr David Stephen Grieve (48) was central to financial schemes in which his patients lost R22m.

Gautrain ordered to reinstate worker

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Labour Law
The United National Transport Union (Untu) has welcomed a Labour Court judgment ordering the reinstatement of a Gautrain station manager who was fired after an altercation with commuters.

Scathing judgment sparks calls for Mkhwebane sacking

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 19 February 2018
Litigation
In a blow to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, her Bankorp-CIEX report, which ordered Absa to pay R1.125bn, was set aside in a scathing judgment by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) on Friday, and immediately brought calls for her sacking, or, at the very least, a full investigation of her actions, notes Legalbrief.

Zuma's son tried to strike immunity deal

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 19 February 2018
Criminal Law
Former President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane, who is reportedly hiding out in Dubai, tried to strike a deal with law enforcement agencies before going on the run. According to a Sunday Times report quoting officials with intimate knowledge of the case the ‘unofficial’ negotiations involving the 35-year-old delayed the Hawks’ swoop on the Gupta family on Wednesday – which may have helped the Gupta brothers evade arrest in the Estina fairy farm project cazse.

Labour broker case in ConCourt this week

The protracted dispute between labour brokers and casual workers over the interpretation of section 198a of the Labour Relations Act will reach the Constitutional Court on Thursday. A Business Day report notes the issue – which has been before the CCMA, the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court – centres on the question about who is the rightful employer in the relationship between labour brokers, clients and employees.

AfriForum to test Zuma's commission regulations

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 19 February 2018
Constitutional Law Criminal Law
Civil rights organisation AfriForum is to submit an urgent application to the Constitutional Court today to put aside former President Jacob Zuma’s last attempt to escape criminal prosecution. A week ago, just a few days before his resignation, Zuma published the regulations with the mandate to which the state capture commission of inquiry must comply.

Media groups fined for collusion

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 19 February 2018
Competition Law Litigation Media Law
The Competition Commission has fined two newspaper groups for collusion on the prices charged to advertisers. TimesLIVE says Caxton received a R5.8m fine and the Independent Group R2.2m. This follows a R22.3m fine handed to Naspers's pay-TV subsidiary DStv in May 2017, the commission said.

Mother sues after baby's arm amputated

The mother of a baby who lost his arm due to alleged medical negligence at the Stanger Hospital is suing the KZN MEC of Health for R7m. The matter is set down for June, notes a Sunday Tribune report.

Ajay Gupta on the run

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 16 February 2018
Criminal Law
Ajay Gupta‚ the patriarch of the embattled Gupta family and friend of former President Jacob Zuma‚ is ‘on the run’ and protected by a team of heavily armed bodyguards, claim media reports. The Cape Times quotes Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi as saying: ‘We know he has bodyguards and we would like to warn them they could be facing arrest for protecting a fugitive.’

ArcelorMittal fine to be paid in tranches

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 16 February 2018
Competition Law
The Competition Tribunal has confirmed that ArcelorMittal SA can pay off an initial R300m annual penalty in tranches of R100m, in the first year of five years paying off a R1.5bn fine imposed for market fixing. A Business Day report says the first payment due in November 2017 has already been paid, with subsequent payments due to be paid in April 2018 and July 2018.

Airlink faces 'predatory pricing' prosecution

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 15 February 2018
Competition Law
SA Airlink has been referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on charges of 'excessive and predatory pricing', the Competition Commission said yesterday. Business Report says this followed complaints lodged by businessman Khwezi Tiya, low cost carrier Fly Blue Crane, and the OR Tambo District Chamber of Business between 2015 and 2017 about the Johannesburg-Mthatha route.

Brokers planning legal action against Nova

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 15 February 2018
Litigation
A group of about 200 brokers is in the process of instituting legal action against the board members of Nova Property Group, its auditors BDO and other stakeholders. Moneyweb says it has been aware of the pending legal action by the group, who previously sold Sharemax syndication products to clients.

SIU seeks R21m payback from Hlaudi Motsoeneng

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Litigation
Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head Lekhoa Mothibi told MPs yesterday that the unit had issued summonses to recoup R21m from former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. A Business Day report says the summonses issued were to recover the R11m bonus Motsoeneng received in 2016 for ‘successfully’ negotiating the controversial R533m deal with MultiChoice.

Debt relief Bill could see R20bn written off

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Consumer Protection Law National Credit Act Law
The Treasury estimates the total debt that could fall under debt extinguishing provisions of the National Credit Amendment Bill proposed by Parliament’s Trade and Industry Committee could range from R13.2bn to R20.7bn, notes a Business Day report.

Tribunal dismisses Massmart’s mall complaint

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Competition Law
The Competition Tribunal has dismissed Massmart’s complaint that Shoprite Checkers, Pick n Pay and Spar were taking part in anti-competitive behaviour through exclusive leases with shopping-mall landlords. In what a Business Day report describes as a blow to Massmart’s strategy to roll out fresh food at its Game stores in malls, the tribunal said that at best Massmart had relied on generalised contentions by some of its rivals in submissions to the retail-market inquiry by the Competition Commission.

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