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Court action threat over 'exposed' health workers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Ethics #Health Care & Social #Litigation
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.

Cape Bar lodges complaint against Judge Parker

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice
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.

Lobby groups welcome evictions halt

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 30 March 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Ethics #Litigation #Property Law
Social justice lobby groups are celebrating a victory after the government heeded calls for evictions to be placed on hold following the lockdown.

Parrot breeder targeted for neglecting birds

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 20 March 2020
Tags: #Ethics #Litigation
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’.

HRC seeks ruling on same-sex discrimination

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Constitutional Law #Ethics #Litigation
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has filed an application against Stanford wedding venue Beloftebos and its owners for allegedly discriminating against same-sex couples.

State implicated in forced female sterilisation

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Ethics #Health Care & Social
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.

Hlophe saga ... and the missing court papers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Litigation
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.

Former attorney sought 'his cut' of client's will

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 14 February 2020
Tags: #Ethics #Litigation
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.

Hold 'fake news' journalists accountable

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 03 February 2020
Tags: #Ethics #Litigation #Media Law #Personal Injury Law
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.

Hlophe lawyer ordered to repay state R20m

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 31 January 2020
Tags: #Ethics #Litigation
Attorney Barnabas Xulu, a friend of Jacob Zuma and lawyer to Western Cape Judge President, John Hlophe, has been ordered to pay back around R20m in legal fees funnelled to his firm by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, which was entitled to free legal advice from the Office of the State Attorney.

Mokwena bid to suspend firm’s liquidation dismissed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 27 January 2020
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Litigation
The urgent application by Polokwane lawyer Tumi Mokwena for the suspension of a liquidation order on his law firm has been thrown out by the Limpopo High Court (Polokwane).

Magistrate's 'off the wall' rulings shock judges

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 27 January 2020
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Litigation
An Umlazi magistrate set free a man accused of raping a teenage girl because he carried a bag, styled his hair and did the washing – which, the magistrate said, meant he must be gay and ‘not interested in women’.

Shop owner denies knowing boy was unable to walk

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 13 January 2020
Tags: #Ethics #Litigation
The owner of a Mitchells Plain superette, whose staff allegedly refused access to a mother and her disabled child in a wheelchair, claims they did not know the boy was unable to walk.

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.

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