Legal Articles and Guides
The fate of three children whose father took them overseas without their mother’s permission will soon be decided by three Western Cape High Court judges, says a Times Select report.
The Justice Ministry’s failure to meet a two-year deadline to change the law to protect women in polygamous marriages has not impressed the Constitutional Court, which had ordered the Ministry to amend the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act (RCMA) to ensure the equitable distribution of assets should a spouse in a polygamous marriage die.
Parents who lose their unborn child before 26 weeks of gestation should have the choice to bury the remains and government has no right to place legal barriers in their way.
Five American families and the special needs SA children they have legally adopted will finally be able to go home after the Home Affairs Department agreed to issue the necessary documents and passports.
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’.
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.
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.
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.