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In 2006, Acting Judge Mike Hellens made a ruling that helped to define the law around legal causation. But now that he has returned to his position as a defence advocate and chosen to take on Duduzane Zuma as a client, Hellens may have to argue against his own ruling, notes a Weekend Argus report.
The state is recommending a jail term for a woman who crashed into an off-duty metro police officer and then drove 1.5km with him stuck on the roof of her car. News24 says Nolwazi Nzimande, daughter of Professor Victor Nzimande, a KZN businessman and academic, was described as a 'selfish person' in the Durban Regional Court.
Disgraced and disbarred, father-and-son attorneys Ronald and Darren Bobroff are on a list of the world’s most wanted fugitives after Interpol issued red notices for their arrest, notes investigative journalist Tony Beamish in a report on the Moneyweb site. The duo were partners in and directors of personal injury law firm Ronald Bobroff & Partners in Johannesburg.
The SA Reserve Bank painted a grim picture yesterday that suggests as much as 75% of VBS Mutual Bank’s assets may have been stolen by its executives and directors, says a Business Day report. ‘It’s a travesty that the failure of management put so many depositors at risk,’ said SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago.
A shackled Duduzane Zuma appeared in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court yesterday morning. A News24 report says the son of former President Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption, alternatively conspiracy to commit corruption, relating to an alleged R600m offer made to former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas in 2015 by Ajay Gupta, in Duduzane's presence.
The state capture about-turn by police and the NPA – evident since the ousting of President Jacob Zuma – will be given impetus today when Zuma's son Duduzane appears in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court over his alleged involvement in the Gupta plot to bribe former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, notes Legalbrief.
A suitcase stuffed with R5m was flown to Johannesburg by helicopter and handed to a Public Investment Corporation (PIC) executive as a bribe from VBS, according to an affidavit by the broke mutual bank’s former head of treasury, Phophi Mukhodobwane. He says he received R10m for his part in defrauding VBS of just over R1.5bn, and spent R6.5m of his windfall on a Ferrari.
Cryptocurrency could be the new best friend for SA kidnappers to extort ransom money. The Star reports this is according to Institute for Security Studies’ Lizette Lancaster, who said the lack of regulation posed a huge challenge as transactions were extremely difficult to monitor.
Former President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma has been ordered to appear in court on 12 July to face two charges of culpable homicide related to a 2014 car accident. Zuma’s lawyer, Gary Mazaham, confirmed that he had received the summons‚ but said he was not in a position to comment on whether Zuma would appear in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg), says a TimesLIVE report.
Politically-connected businessman Peter-Paul Ngwenya will find out next Thursday whether his application for a discharge from the case he is facing – which revolves around his a fight with Investec CEO designate Fani Titi – has been successful. The Randburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday heard arguments from Ngwenya for a discharge in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, says a TimesLIVE report.
A more than decade-long fraud and money laundering case against international diamond dealer Sylla Moussa could be nearing its end, with the embattled gem trader filing representations to have the case withdrawn, says a Saturday Star report. Moussa made headlines in 2014 during a legal battle between him and businessman Zunaid Moti. Both were claiming ownership of a pink diamond worth more than $50m (R673m).
The Constitutional Court has confirmed a High Court order that a section of the Criminal Procedure Act which imposes a 20-year limit on prosecution for sexual assault is unconstitutional, notes a TimesLIVE report. Only rape survivors have been able to lay criminal charges after the 20-year limitation‚ which this precedent-setting judgment will alter in future.
An advocate with years of experience in environmental matters has thrown her hat into the ring to ensure the successful prosecution of two men who filmed themselves stabbing and beating a seal pup, says a HeraldLIVE report. Advocate and former specialist environmental prosecutor Yvette Isaacs said she would be performing a watching brief role in the case to ensure the prosecution of the men.
The courts are taking a tough stance on drivers involved in fatal car crashes, says a report in The Star. An allegedly drunk motorist is set to go on trial for four counts of murder following the deaths of four children after the car he was driving plunged into them. Lazarus Malatjie also faces charges of reckless and negligent driving and drunk driving.
The NPA has decided to prosecute former Hawks head Mthandazo Ntlemeza’s daughter, Anele Ntlemeza, a cluster co-ordinator at SAPS Crime Intelligence in Polokwane, with crimen injuria and intimidation after she threatened to kill a colleague who had opened a case against her father, says a Daily Maverick report.