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Malema launches attack on judiciary

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 24 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
EFF leader Julius Malema on Friday charged that the judiciary was captured and, addressing supporters outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court, questioned judges' links to politicians.

Court asked to decriminalise children's use of cannabis

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 24 June 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Criminal Law
The Centre for Child Law has asked the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) to decriminalise the use of cannabis by children, says a Sunday Times report.

R50 000 bail for fraud-accused lawyer

Eastern Cape lawyer Zuko Nonxuba – facing fresh charges of fraud amounting to R45m – has been granted R50 000 bail by the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court.

Closing arguments in Duduzane Zuma's car crash case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 21 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
The state has not proved its case against Duduzane Zuma, accused of culpable homicide after a car crash, his counsel argued.

Right-to-die activist opts for house arrest

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 20 June 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Constitutional Law #Criminal Law
Right-to-die activist Sean Davison made a plea and sentencing agreement yesterday which means he will not go on trial for three murders. The agreement, which entails three years of house arrest for the University of the Western Cape (UWC) academic, was approved by Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, reports TimesLIVE.

Farmer fined R3.5m for breaking water laws

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
The owner of Tierhoek Boerdery in Clanwilliam has been slapped with a R3.5m fine for unlawful water activities. A Cape Times report says the farmer was found guilty in the Clanwilliam Regional Court of 11 criminal charges – six related to water, and five to environmental transgressions.

Charges against Bathabile Dlamini to be laid today

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 14 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
The DA has said it would lay criminal charges against former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini at the Cape Town Central Police Station today, following Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) corruption revelations.

Wife-killer Packham gets 22 years

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 13 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
Wife-murderer Rob Packham was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Judge Elizabeth Steyn at the Western Cape High Court yesterday. An additional sentence for defeating the ends of justice means his sentence is effectively 22 years, notes a TimesLIVE report.

Eight years in jail for R1.7m fraud

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 13 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
A former credit controller at MTU SA signed a plea bargain for 22 counts of fraud totalling R1.7m and will effectively spend eight years in prison.

Uncovering the truth behind the Guptas' Waterkloof landing

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 13 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s predecessor – Thuli Madonsela – has raised questions about why Mkhwebane closed her investigation into the Justice, Crime Prevention & Security (JCPS) cluster probe into the Gupta family landing a private aircraft at Waterkloof Air Force Base in 2013.

Judges bring attention to sex offenders loophole

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
A man with three sex-crime convictions was employed to guard a Cape Town crèche and raped a girl (11) who lived across the street. A Times Select report notes Cassiem Abrahams appealed unsuccessfully to the Western Cape High Court against the life sentence a magistrate imposed.

More delays in Nkandla architect's case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
Civil proceedings to recoup about R155m from the architect of former President Jacob Zuma's KZN homestead may get under way only next year, reports TimesLIVE. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) yesterday said the trial was scheduled to start in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) on Monday, but Minenhle Makhanya was given more time to prepare.

N3 attacks on trucks 'misguided'

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
SA's trading partners might shun Durban and use other ports to export their products if truck attacks on the N3 highway continue unabated. According to a TimesLIVE report, economist Mike Schüssler made this comment during a media briefing hosted by the National Press Club in Pretoria on the criminality in the road-freight industry.

ANC slams Hawks' 'Hollywood style' KZN arrests

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law
The ANC in KZN says it will soon request a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to raise their concerns about the conduct of Hawks investigators which it says ‘through their Hollywood style of arrests’, lays fertile ground for speculation that some of the arrests are politically motivated.

Momberg dumps lawyers in appeal against racism conviction

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Ethics
Convicted racist Vicki Momberg broke down yesterday afternoon during her appeal proceedings in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg), saying her dignity has been impaired. Momberg, who represented herself after she dumped her new lawyers, told the two judges presiding over her case that the state had not proven its case against her, says a News24 report.

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