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Charges laid against health boss over Gupta contract

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 22 February 2018
Criminal Law
The North West legislature has laid criminal charges against the head of the province's Health Department, Dr Thabo Lekalakala, following a marathon interrogation over a contract given to a Gupta-linked company, which also paid for his junket to India in 2017.

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.

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.

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.’

Coffin case pair granted leave to appeal

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 09 February 2018
Criminal Law
Victor Mlotshwa, who was threatened with death and forced into a coffin by two farm workers in Mpumalanga, has vowed to challenge their bid to appeal their sentence, reports TimesLIVE. Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen were granted leave to appeal their sentence on 2 February and will present their case before the SCA in the hope of having their convictions and jail sentences overturned.

Ex-police chief expected in court for corruption

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 08 February 2018
Criminal Law
Former acting Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, his wife and a car dealer are expected to hand themselves over to police watchdog Ipid this morning to be charged with corruption. News24 says it has reliably learnt that the suspended general will then appear in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court.

Protester opens case against ANC ‘kicker’

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 08 February 2018
Criminal Law
Olivia Maketi, the woman assaulted by a member of the ANC outside Luthuli House, has opened a criminal case at Orange Farm police station outside Johannesburg. An eNCA report says Maketi was beaten up during a clash between a group aligned around defending the ANC headquarters from outsiders, and groups, including Black First Land First, opposed to President Jacob Zuma leaving office.

Ex-Eskom bosses now face criminal charges

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 07 February 2018
Criminal Law
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and board chair Ben Ngubane face criminal charges relating to the controversial R30m pension payout, says Fin24. The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) last month found that Molefe's declaration that he had not resigned from the power utility was false, and he had never been entitled to the pension money.

Time running out for Jacob Zuma...

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 02 February 2018
Criminal Law
In an exhaustive trawl through the history of the corruption charges – and the strategic defence that carefully avoided delving into the merits of the case in court action after court action – Karyn Maughan, writing for the Financial Mail, concludes that President Jacob Zuma has run out of get-out-of-jail free cards, notes Legalbrief.

Prisoners go to court over meal times

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 01 February 2018
Civil Rights Criminal Law
Prisoners at Johannesburg's 'Sun City' Medium B prison are going without meals for up to 20 hours because of a lack of staff to serve them, the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has heard. GroundUp reports that the case was brought by 14 inmates who told the court they were served both lunch and supper at 1pm because there was insufficient staff to serve their evening meals.

Guilty verdict in TV presenter's fatal crash case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 01 February 2018
Criminal Law
Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere's death in a car crash in 2015 was the result of human error, the Randburg Magistrate's Court has found, notes a TimesLIVE report. Magistrate David Mahango found Preshalin Naidoo guilty, saying his version that the car he was driving on the morning of the incident had a mechanical failure was improbable and far-fetched.

Attorney jailed for 30 days for contempt

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 29 January 2018
Criminal Law General Legal Practice
Handcuffs finally snapped shut around the wrists of Durban attorney Ajay Debba when‚ after ‘ducking and diving’ for two months‚ he was arrested at court on Friday and taken to Westville Prison to serve 30 days for contempt of court. A TimesLIVE report says Debba – who has also been suspended from practice by the KZN Law Society – is accused of stealing money from people through bogus property deals.

Pistorius' appeal arguments not constitutional

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 26 January 2018
Constitutional Law Criminal Law
It is clear from Oscar Pistorius’ submissions to the Constitutional Court that his application is based on questions of fact disguised as constitutional issues, according to the prosecution, which yesterday filed opposing papers in Pistorius’ bid to appeal his prison sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Personal liberty right central to damages award

Eastern Cape Judge President Selby Mbenenge, who ordered the Minister of Police to pay R560 000 for the unlawful arrest of a young man, said the primary purpose of the damages award was not to enrich the aggrieved party. The payment awarded to Onele Mkwati in the Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha), said the judge, was to ensure the award reflected the importance of the right to personal liberty and the seriousness with which any arbitrary deprivation of personal liberty was viewed in SA law.

DA lays charges over Facebook 'incitement' post

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 26 January 2018
Criminal Law Media Law
The DA in Gauteng has laid charges of incitement of violence against social media user, Aubery Thamasanqa Mabele, at the Vereeniging police station. DA Emfuleni caucus leader, Dady Mollo, Emfuleni constituency chairperson, Isabel Lot, and DA Ward 45 councillor, Elize Aucamp, laid the charges against Mabele over his Facebook post calling on President Jacob Zuma to ‘give him a gun to defend our democracy’ in connection with Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging.

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