Legal Articles and Guides
The long-running battle between the Road Accident Fund and its panel of attorneys, with which it is seeking to sever ties, has taken another turn over whether or not a recent judgment directing the reinstatement of the attorneys for six months pending resolution of the matter can be implemented despite the RAF having filed papers with the SCA seeking relief to appeal Judge Wendy Hughes judgment.
The Road Accident Fund has made the astonishing claim to have ‘forensically established’ that judgments of the Gauteng division of the High Court have been ‘issued fraudulently’ and that this has allegedly cost the RAF ‘millions of rands’.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who is facing a potential inquiry into her fitness to hold office, has repeatedly said she is a truly independent watchdog who does not deserve the multiple findings of perceived bias against her.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has insisted that those who funded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC election campaign would almost certainly expect favours in return from him – and argued that this is why Ramaphosa should be forced to disclose their identities.
An East London businessman has come under fire for a racist post in which his son is painted in ‘blackface’. But a Daily Dispatch Weekend Edition report says Russel Kruger – who admitted he is the author – said the post was an ‘innocent joke’.
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s lawyer, Barnabas Xulu, has launched what is described as an unprecedented attack on judges in the Western Cape division who recently lodged a collective complaint with the JSC about a fellow judge allegedly assaulted by Hlophe.
SA’s biggest public sector union, Nehawu, has threatened Health Minister Zweli Mkhize with court action, accusing his department of allegedly forcing some health workers to work without protective gear, notes a Cape Argus report.
The Cape Bar Council has lodged a complaint with the JSC against Western Cape High Court Judge Mushtak Parker, with regard to his conduct and knowledge of an alleged R8m shortfall in the trust account of a legal firm he helped to establish, according to a Daily Maverick report by Marianne Thamm.
Social justice lobby groups are celebrating a victory after the government heeded calls for evictions to be placed on hold following the lockdown.
The Randburg SPCA is taking on parrot breeder Antonius Gerhardus Meiring, describing his court application for the return of his birds, seized from his property earlier this year, as ‘bereft of any moral fibre’.
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has filed an application against Stanford wedding venue Beloftebos and its owners for allegedly discriminating against same-sex couples.
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has recommended petitions to the SA Law Reform Commission to amend legislation to ensure consent was properly obtained for sterilisation procedures for women.
Goings-on behind the scenes at the Western Cape High Court continue to grab the media’s attention – and now questions are being asked about missing court papers regarding the matter of the alleged misappropriation of R8m from the trust of a legal firm founded by Judge Mushtak Parker, one of the division’s judges.
An attorney who was struck off for ‘rapacious plundering’ of damages paid to road accident victims, has received a fresh upbraiding by the Western Cape High Court and was slapped with new costs orders, according to a Times Select report.
Former SARS executive Johann van Loggerenberg has called for widespread changes to media regulations after his career at the revenue service was tarnished following reports, which have since been debunked, that he was part of an illegal spying unit.