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Court gives gay couple equal rights as mothers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 20 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
A same-sex couple will begin treatment at a fertility clinic with a ground-breaking court order in hand that says they will both be mother to a child who has yet to be conceived.

No ‘absolute right’ of inheritance

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 17 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation
Private wills are considered sacrosanct – as long as a person is of ‘sound mind’ and not financially responsible for any minor children, they are legally entitled to pass on their assets to whomever they please.

Barring of disabled boy 'classic discrimination' – attorney

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 16 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation
Cape Bar attorney Sibonile Khoza, representing a mother and her disabled child pro bono, argues that a policy denying prams and people in wheelchairs entry to stores is discriminatory and has a marginalising effect on people with disabilities.

Warning against 'shrewd' EFF land-grab tactics

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
The EFF in Tshwane has expressed its support for land-grabbers, who recently made futile attempts to illegally occupy empty plots in Silverlakes and Boschkop.

Shoprite fined R1m for reckless lending

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Consumer Protection Law #Litigation
Shoprite has been fined R1m by the National Consumer Tribunal for breaching the National Credit Act after it was found to have lent recklessly to vulnerable consumers.

Evicted families seek R120m from SANDF

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
Minister of Defence & Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula – in her official capacity as head of the SANDF – is facing a claim of about R120m from civilian families ousted from the Marievale military base near Nigel, Gauteng.

ANC bigwig loses property over debt to bank

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 10 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #National Credit Act Law #Property Law
ANC Mpumalanga bigwig Charles Makola is set to lose his R1.6m Witbank property after he failed to pay R1.3m he owed to Absa, according to a Cape Argus report.

Expelled student in bid to return to Rhodes

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 10 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Education Law #Litigation
The court battle between Rhodes University and Yolanda Dyantyi – a student it expelled for being part of a violent campus protest against ‘rape culture’ at the Makhanda institution – is on hold for now.

Dads, surrogate mothers entitled to parental leave

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 06 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Employment and Labour Law #Family Law
The law providing for paid parental leave for parents of new-born children, which took effect on 1 January, has been welcomed by trade union federation Cosatu, notes BusinessLIVE.

Debt-collecting law firms hit by NCA ruling

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 06 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Consumer Protection Law #Litigation
The Western Cape High Court has delivered a damning judgment against credit providers for overcharging on legal fees and interest in contravention of the National Credit Act (NCA) which came into force in 2007, says a Moneyweb report.

Judge orders twins returned to parents

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 06 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) ordered that an unnamed place of safety and the police return twin girls to their parents after they were ‘lost’ in the social care system for four days following their parents arrest.

Landmark ruling on education for ALL children

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 13 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Education Law #Litigation
In a ground-breaking judgment, the Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown) yesterday ruled that the Basic Education Department will have to provide and fund education for all undocumented children, including children of illegal foreigners.

Judge cites ubuntu in extending relief for homeless

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 13 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation
The Western Cape High Court has extended interim relief to homeless people in Cape Town from receiving fines and summons or having their personal property interfered with in terms of by-laws around them inhabiting public places.

Judge orders department to draft resolution in eviction case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 13 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
The Western Cape High Court has postponed the hearing on the eviction of 76 families from a state-owned farm outside Stellenbosch, at the request of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development, according to a West Cape News report on the GroundUp site.

Wrong forum ruling in single-sex hostel case

Black workers who live in a single-sex hostel at a Western Cape wine estate have been told the Equality Court is not the correct forum to resolve their grievances.

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