Legal Articles and Guides
Judgment was reserved in the Western Cape High Court yesterday in what a News24 report describes as a potential landmark case involving the voices of children being heard in court cases.
Although the actual prevalence per capita of dementia is reportedly on the decline, aging populations ensure that it is becoming more and more of a problem in society – for older people, their families and caregivers.
The Constitutional Court judgment on corporal punishment at home – Freedom of Religion SA v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others – is a decision that has the country on ‘tenterhooks and in heated conversation’.
The common-law defence of reasonable chastisement can no longer be used when spanking a child, the Constitutional Court ruled yesterday. TimesLIVE says the court's upholding of a ruling by the High Court to do away with the defence comes at a time when violence against women and children has been a burning issue.
More than a dozen attorneys and advocates lined up yesterday in the Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown) battle against Home Affairs and national and provincial education departments, in which an NGO and a school seek to give undocumented children in SA free access to basic education.
A pre-packed lobola agreement document has caused a row since making its way on to supermarket shelves, last week, according to a Sunday Tribune report.
A husband who tried to find a loophole not to have to officially divorce his wife has denied that they were married in terms of customary law, says a Pretoria News report.
More than 50 000 South Africans don’t want the government to pass the Children’s Act Amendment Bill, which could spell the end of private adoptions, says a Times Select report.
Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe will be in the Kempton Park Maintenance Court next month to explain why he refuses to support the twins he fathered with a former staffer in his department.
A Pretoria man could find himself behind bars if he continues to refuse to reinstate his estranged wife – whom he’s been in the process of divorcing since 2015 – on his medical aid. The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has given the man until next week to return the woman to his medical aid – failure to do so will result in him serving a 30-day jail term for contempt of court.
A 19-year-old Johannesburg student is suing his mother for tuition fees, pocket money and relaxation activities amounting to R14 655 a month, says a City Press report.
A prospective surrogate mother (26) told the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) that she really wanted to carry a baby for a gay couple as it gave her joy giving someone something they yearned for. ‘I have a daughter of my own and I know that nothing in the world can replace the love of your own child,’ she said.
The Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) has been admitted as amicus curiae in a legal dispute involving the Masiphumelele Love and Care Daycare Centre’s founders and trustees.
The Constitutional Court has made an order prescribing the payment of interim maintenance, child care, and contact orders, says a Cape Times report. Ruling on an application by a father who challenged that the non-appealability of interim orders was unconstitutional, the apex court held – in a unanimous judgment – that the non-appealability was indeed constitutional, as it meant children’s rights were not infringed.
A three-judge Bench of the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has pronounced on the level of disclosure required by those appearing in a maintenance court, reports Tony Beamish for Moneyweb. Both parties must now make full financial disclosure: every detail, including trusts and offshore assets, as well an explanation if a spouse enjoys a particularly luxurious lifestyle.