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Malema using Zuma tactics, top court told

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 17 January 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law
EFF leader Julius Malema has been accused of using similar stalling tactics to those of former President Jacob Zuma in his bid to evade criminal charges, notes a Cape Argus report.

I lied because Mabuza asked me to – Venter

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 13 January 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law
Deputy President David ‘DD’ Mabuza’s former messenger, Jan Venter, has denied he laid criminal charges against him to settle personal and political scores at the behest of other people, according to a report in The Sunday Independent.

Doctors raise concerns over medical negligence arrests

Following the arrest and court appearance of two Johannesburg doctors – paediatric surgeon Peter Beale (73) and anaesthetist Abdulhay Munshi (56) – who were accused of medical negligence – some doctors are having second thoughts about performing intricate, lifesaving surgical procedures.

Vicki Momberg brings R8.5m claim against state

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 09 January 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Litigation
Vicki Momberg is suing the Ministers of Police and Justice, as well as the NPA, for R8.5m for her alleged unlawful arrest and detention and malicious prosecution.

No end in sight to Porritt trial

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 07 January 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law
While former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial is yet to begin, despite him being first charged in 2005, it is not the only long-running case that the criminal justice system will have to grapple with in 2020, says a TimesLIVE look at the year ahead.

Malema cries foul over dusted off apartheid law

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 13 December 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Litigation
EFF leader Julius Malema has accused the government of using apartheid-era legislation to stop him from fighting for the landless. An IoL report notes, Malema is challenging the state’s decision to charge him in terms of the Riotous Assemblies Act for inciting trespassing under the Trespass Act – after calling for the landless to occupy vacant land.

Common purpose applies to rape, top court rules

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 12 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Constitutional Law #Criminal Law
The Constitutional Court held yesterday that the doctrine of common purpose applied to the common law crime of rape. It made the finding in dismissing an appeal by two men who were convicted of rape 20 years ago under the doctrine of common purpose.

Arrest warrants for doctors after child's death

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Health Care & Social
Paediatric surgeon Dr Peter Beale and anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi, who are facing culpable homicide and negligence charges in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy, have been served with arrest warrants.

Hawks swoop on alleged fraud syndicate

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
A fourth suspect – allegedly part of a syndicate claiming to be prophets which swindled Northern Cape community members of approximately R1.4m – has been arrested, the South African Police Service's elite crime-fighting unit, the Hawks said this week.

Judge awards damages for ‘humiliating’ police action

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 05 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Criminal Law #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
A group of 30 women police officers handcuffed a father who had missed a Maintenance Court hearing and sang Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo (You strike a woman, you strike a rock) as they marched him out of his office.

Police claim victory after SCA firearms ruling

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 05 December 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
Police have claimed victory in an ongoing court battle over guns involving underworld figure Ralph Stanfield. A Cape Times report notes the SCA has found in favour of the police by ruling their holding on to Stanfield’s seized firearms was justified.

Minister sued for R9.5m over cattle confiscation

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Criminal Law #Litigation
Three men whose cattle were confiscated by police six years ago are suing the Minister of Safety & Security for R9.5m following the loss of 116 animals, says a report in The Witness.

Tongaat Hulett’s executives face civil action

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 02 December 2019
Tags: #Business & Industry Law #Criminal Law #Litigation
Tongaat Hulett has put executives – including its former CEO Peter Staude, who was paid R176m in the decade to 2018 – in the firing line over an accounting scandal that threatened the collapse of the firm.

Rob Packham tries again to appeal conviction

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Criminal Law
Constantia businessman Rob Packham, who is serving 22 years in jail for killing his wife Gill, has again approached the SCA after it dismissed his application for leave to appeal his conviction in October.

Aurora directors finally to get their day in court

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 25 November 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
The oft-delayed trial of three former Aurora Empowerment Systems directors accused of polluting a key water source, will kick off with a pre-trial hearing on 25 February 2020 in the Springs Regional Court, reports Fin24.

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