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Mkhwebane dodges questions about litigation bills

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane yesterday dodged questions from MPs concerned about how much her office had incurred in litigation costs linked to her reports being overturned and her bid to escape impeachment.

Hlophe to appeal High Court misconduct ruling

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
As predicted last week, Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe will appeal a High Court decision not to set aside gross misconduct findings against him.

Major backlog despite new SAPS computer system

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Despite implementing a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in January, the police are already facing a backlog of more than 85 000 for police clearance certificates and firearm licence applications collectively.

Community service proposed for legal professionals

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development has called for public comment on mandatory community service for legal professionals. A Business Tech report notes the Legal Practice Act compels the Minister to prescribe the requirements for community service after consultation with the Legal Practice Council.

Hlophe shredded by hard-hitting ruling

By Daily News Published on Friday, 06 May 2022
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Litigation
In a bitter blow for Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has rejected his bid to set aside gross misconduct findings against him, warning that his narrow interpretation of the Constitution would leave the JSC paralysed to ‘ensure his own immunity’.

Time for proactive moves against corruption

By Daily News Published on Friday, 06 May 2022
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice #Litigation
‘A few high-profile, rapid and successful prosecutions will go a long way to changing the perception that SA is soft on corruption and deterring others from taking part in corruption.’

Former State Attorney lawyer to pay back R4.5m

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 05 May 2022
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Health Care & Social #Litigation
A former State Attorney official, together with a family member and an associate, have been ordered by the Special Tribunal to pay back R4.5m they allegedly defrauded from the Gauteng Department of Health.

CCMA to continue with hybrid model

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 04 May 2022
Tags: #Employment and Labour Law #General Legal Practice
The CCMA reopened its offices for walk-ins on Sunday nearly two years after it issued a directive to suspend the service at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Public Protector must be suspended

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 04 May 2022
Tags: #Constitutional Law #General Legal Practice
‘Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane has taken to shooting herself in both feet. Her complaint to the JSC regarding the strongly worded judgment of the majority of the Constitutional Court against her, penned by retired Justice Chris Jafta, is so wide of the mark, misconceived and inappropriate that it can best be regarded as a stratagem in a scheme of delaying tactics rather than as a serious complaint.’

Should foreigners be allowed to practise law?

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 28 April 2022
Tags: #Civil Rights #General Legal Practice
The Constitutional Court has reserved judgment on two applications by lawyers from neighbouring countries who argue that barring foreigners who have the right to live and work in SA, but lack permanent residency, from practising law here is unconstitutional.

Why yet another another extension is needed

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
The State Attorney was yesterday finalising Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s case for a further six weeks to complete the State Capture Inquiry report.

Massive drop in floods bill after 'honest error'

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The KZN Government, which has come under intense scrutiny over fears of corruption related to the multi-billion rand flood aid, has revised its estimated damages bill from R950bn to R17bn in a late-night correction, saying it was an 'honest error'.

Hlophe plea to colleagues over reserved judgments

By Daily News Published on Monday, 25 April 2022
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Judge President John Hlophe sent a memorandum to all judges and acting judges in Western Cape on 19 April pointing out that 39 reserved judgments had been outstanding for more than three months, the limit set out by the judges’ norms and standards.

Top judge slammed for using foul language

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 21 April 2022
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Litigation
The SCA has slammed controversial Limpopo High Court Judge President Ephraim Makgoba for using foul language in a judgment he handed to a convicted police officer.

Motsoaledi’s video attack on foreigners goes viral

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 20 April 2022
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Immigration Law
A video of Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi launching a stinging attack on illegal foreign nationals is spreading on the Internet.

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