Legal Articles and Guides
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.