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One of the Eastern Cape's most controversial lawyers – who has been involved in a number of medico-legal and Road Accident Fund (RAF) cases – has been arrested. The lawyer, not named in the TimesLIVE report, was arrested in Mthatha yesterday evening by a Hawks team lead by national investigators. He is due in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court today.
Fees Must Fall activist Kanya Cekeshe has spent his second Christmas in jail but Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi hopes to ensure that he doesn’t spend another one behind bars, says a City Press report. The leading advocate has joined the fight with Wikus Steyl from Ian Levitt Attorneys in the hopes of appealing Cekeshe’s eight-year sentence.
A father who shot dead his teenage son outside school, believing he was a hijacker, appeared briefly in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court yesterday where it was heard that his lawyers and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) have reached a decision to draft a plea and sentence agreement.
Two plain clothes police officers have opened cases of assault against members of the EFF following an altercation after the State of the Nation Address in Parliament last week. Video footage emerged on Friday showing EFF MP Marshall Dlamini slapping a plain clothes police officer, says a News24 report.
The SA Teacher's Union (SAOU) says it supports the Sans Souci Girls' High School teacher who was caught on video slapping a pupil, notes News24. In a statement yesterday, the union said: ‘The SAOU wishes to emphasise that we support our member and her labour rights,’ the union said in a statement.
Police confirmed yesterday that the Sans Souci Girls' High teacher who was filmed slapping a learner in a heated altercation has opened a case of assault against the pupil, says a TimesLIVE report. The pupil’s mother, however, has opened a case against the teacher.
Advocate Barry Roux will defend self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary against charges of fraud and money-laundering, the Sowetan reported. Roux gained some fame when he defended murder-convicted former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius in 2014 after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Roux's daily fee is reportedly around R50 000.
A Zebediela farmworker, who lost his middle finger after a shooting incident, has accused EFF leader Julius Malema's lawyer Tumi Mokwena of shooting at workers randomly without being provoked. Security supervisor at Zebediela Citrus, Klaas Mboweni, told the Limpopo High Court (Polokwane) that Mokwena did not fire a warning shot before aiming at the workers.
A Cape Town woman stands accused of abusing a baby in her care and stealing items from the family's household, the Wynberg Magistrate's Court heard yesterday. Paseka Mthitshana is out on R1 000 bail. Prosecutor Nicky Konisi said a consultation with the baby boy's mother was still outstanding, notes News24.
A woman held in a police cell after being accused of shoplifting a pack of chewing gum will not face a criminal trial, but plans to pursue a civil case after her ordeal. Lucy Moagi (52) appeared in the Tzaneen Magistrate's Court yesterday where the charge was dropped, her niece, Liz Letsoalo, told TimesLIVE.
Two ‘serial Ponzi schemers' who took R64m from more than 3 000 ‘investors’ in less then two years were each sentenced to an effective 15 years in jail yesterday, notes a Business Day report. Fakazile Mazibuko and Wilson Gazu, both 55, operated their Trade for Life scheme in northern KZN, encouraging those they knew in the Newcastle and Ladysmith communities to participate in their ‘get rich quick’ plan.
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.
The murder trial of Sean Davison, who founded the 'right to die' organisation DignitySA, was postponed to 29 April after he made a brief appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court yesterday. Magistrate Greg Jacobs granted the postponement to allow for Davison to consult his lawyer, and his bail of R20 000 was extended.
AfriForum says prominent defence Advocate Barry Roux will lead the appeal process of the two Coligny men convicted of killing a teenager for stealing sunflower seeds. Pieter Doorewaard (27) and Phillip Schutte (34) were found guilty of killing Matlhomola Mosweu, of Scotland informal settlement in Coligny, on 20 April 2017.
Tigon-accused Sue Bennett has until Monday to respond to a request from trial Judge Brian Spilg that she put any admissions she is prepared to make on the table. Moneyweb notes that Bennett and Gary Porritt are on trial in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) on more than 3 000 counts of fraud, racketeering and contraventions of the Income Tax Act and the Prevention of Organised Crime Act relating to the collapse of financial services group Tigon.