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Anti-abortion doctor case postponed again

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Tags: #Ethics #Health Care & Social #Litigation
Jacques de Vos, a doctor accused of trying to dissuade a patient from terminating her pregnancy, pleaded not guilty to the charges at his disciplinary hearing yesterday.

Vice-chancellor cleared of interfering in ConCourt case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Constitutional Law #Ethics #Litigation
The vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University, Professor Wim de Villiers, has been cleared of alleged attempts to interfere in a Constitutional Court case related to the university's 2016 language policy, says a News24 report.

LSNP go-ahead to inspect Mokwena records confirmed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 14 November 2019
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Litigation
The Law Society of the Northern Provinces has been granted permission to inspect all accounting records of Polokwane attorney Tumi Mokwena, following complaints of misconduct.

How corporations benefited at pensioners' expense

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 11 November 2019
Tags: #Employment and Labour Law #Ethics #Pension Law
The R42bn in unpaid benefits owed to more than four million South African pensioners is ‘a fundamental failure’ of public interest by state regulators and pension fund administrators, a year-long investigation by Open Secrets has concluded, according to a Daily Maverick report.

Decision time on anti-abortion doctor's hearing

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Ethics #Health Care & Social
Jacques de Vos, who has not been able to practise as a doctor for two years because of a charge brought against him in 2017 over his anti-abortion stance, will know today whether his application to the Health Professions Council (HPCSA) to have the matter dismissed is successful.

Magistrate dismisses case against Kohler Barnard

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Ethics #Litigation
The Equality Court case at the Bellville Magistrate’s Court against DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard was dismissed yesterday and a cost order was issued against the complainant, former DA chief of staff Louw Nel.

Editors slam Malema's 'apartheid-style' ban on reporters

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 16 September 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Ethics #Media Law
The SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) said it was ‘appalled’ by EFF leader Julius Malema’s call to ban investigative journalism units amaBhungane and the Daily Maverick’s Scorpio from attending their party events, including press conferences.

Catzavelos in HRC settlement over racist rant

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 30 August 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Ethics #Litigation
Adam Catzavelos has reached a settlement agreement with the SA Human Rights Commission (HRC) relating to a video filmed on a Greek beach last year in which he used the K-word.

Malema stands firm in battle with journalists

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 07 August 2019
Tags: #Ethics #Litigation
Judgment was reserved in the Equality Court (Pretoria) yesterday after two days of hearings in the case between the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) and the EFF, whose leader Julius Malema showed no signs of backing down, notes a Daily Maverick report.

R1m damages for prolonged stay in jail

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 12 July 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Ethics #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
Sphamandla Mtshali – who spent a 20 months in jail for housebreaking and robbery and was then told that the charges had been dropped – is to receive R1m in damages.

Settlement bid in Greek beach race case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 11 July 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Ethics
The trial of Adam Catzavelos – the Johannesburg businessman who caused an uproar for using the K-word in a video – has been postponed to 29 August, says a TimesLIVE report. The defence made their submissions to the Randburg Magistrate's Court on 5 July, which the Gauteng DPP still has to go through.

Lawyer must pay up for losing client’s R1m

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 28 June 2019
Tags: #Ethics #Litigation
Criticised for having acted negligently – and then for passing the buck to her secretary – a lawyer has been found liable in the Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth) for the R1m her client lost to sophisticated online hackers. Ordering conveyancer and notary Lynette Volschenk to pay up, Judge Bantubonke Tokota said she had owed a duty to her client to safeguard his money.

R1.6bn of councils' VBS investments lost

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 27 June 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Banking & Finance Law #Ethics
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu yesterday said more than R1.6bn of the R2bn invested by municipalities into VBS Mutual Bank cannot be recovered. Makwetu, reporting on the audit outcomes of municipalities for the 2017/2018 financial year, described the non-recovery of public funds invested in VBS as a classic example of the 'impact of deteriorating accountability' in municipalities.

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.

SCA lifeline for racehorse trainer in discrimination dispute

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Ethics #Litigation
A racehorse trainer who claimed he was being ousted from the industry on racial grounds has received a lifeline from the SCA, which ruled that the Equality Court take another look at his complaint.

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