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Law firms agree to 20% of listeriosis claims

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 10 December 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
The first claims associated with the listeriosis class action could be paid out in mid to late 2020 at the earliest, according to Richard Spoor Attorneys lawyer Thami Malusi. If Tiger Brands settled the matter rather than going to court, that would shorten the process, he is quoted as saying in a City Press report.

Wood fighting R600m Eskom battle 'on his own'

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 07 December 2018
Tags: #Litigation
In an application to buy more time to tackle Eskom claims of corruption and malfeasance against him and Trillian ‘head on’, Eric Wood, former business partner of Gupta kingpin, Salim Essa, says he has been left to wage a R600m state capture battle against the power utility on his own.

Two more families challenged over blood transfusions

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 07 December 2018
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
Two more Jehovah's Witness families have been taken to the KZN High Court (Durban) to force them to allow doctors to administer lifesaving blood to their seriously ill children. The two matters were added to the court's roll as a third set of parents planned to defend their refusal to allow their five-year-old son, who suffers from sickle cell anaemia, to receive blood transfusions, notes TimesLIVE.

Cape Town protesters interdicted over site invasion

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 07 December 2018
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
An order of the Western Cape High Court brought protest action by Reclaim the City (RTC) on Site B in the Cape Town inner city to an abrupt end this week. According to a News24 report, as the housing activists were settling in for their first night in shacks they had erected that morning, police officers arrived and read the interdict out loud.

Zuma son gets final chance to pay hate speech fine

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 05 December 2018
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
Jacob Zuma's son, Edward, has failed to pay R12 500 as settlement for his hate speech comments, reports TimesLIVE. Yesterday, the SA Human Rights Commission went to court to secure a warrant of arrest for Zuma. The Durban Equality Court heard that Zuma was disrespectful and disregarded the court order by failing to pay the money to Ohlange High School in Inanda.

Racist guest house owner heading to ConCourt

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 05 December 2018
Tags: #Civil Rights #Constitutional Law #Criminal Law #Litigation
The owner of the guest lodge who was found guilty of racism and hate speech remains defiant and has vowed to take his fight all the way to the Constitutional Court following a scathing judgment that described him as a racist. The Mercury reports André Slade – the former owner of the Sodwana Bay Guest house – said he was the victim of hate speech and racism after he was labelled a racist by the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Sihle Zikalala.

Equality Court to hear discrimination claim against bank

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Tags: #Banking & Finance Law #Litigation
The Equality Court is to hear a case alleging discrimination by a bank – the first time such a case has come before this court. Cape Town-based usury expert Emerald van Zyl has taken his nearly 10-year fight against alleged banking abuse to the Cape Equality Court, seeking a ruling that FNB’s FirstRand Finance Company discriminated against more than 4 000 black customers by charging them 30-40% more than white customers on their mortgage loans.

Edgars club fees issue heads to SCA

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Tags: #Litigation #National Credit Act Law
Edgars’ right to collect more than R450m in club fees from those who buy on credit is under attack again as the National Credit Regulator (NCR) has applied – and been granted – leave to appeal against a Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) decision that Edcon’s club fees are lawful.

Listeriosis class action certified

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Tags: #Litigation
An agreement between lawyers representing listeriosis survivors and the next kin of about 200 fatalities to combine the cases against Tiger Brands into one class-action suit was certified by the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) yesterday, notes Business Day.

SCA clears department following child's death

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
The provincial Department of Social Development has been cleared of wrongdoing for circumstances leading to the death of five-month-old Ava Barley at a Pinelands early childhood development (ECD) centre.

Ruling against racist guesthouse owner upheld

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Tags: #Criminal Law #Ethics #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
Racist guesthouse owner Andre Slade was dealt another blow when KZN High Court (Durban) Judge Esther Steyn upheld an earlier ruling by the Equality Court that found him and his partner, Katarina Krizaniova, guilty of hate speech, says a TimesLIVE report.

Court rules against Ingonyama Trust on ownership

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 03 December 2018
Tags: #African Customary Law #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Ingonyama Trust was on the receiving end of a decision by the Land Claims Court, when it ruled his ‘subjects’ were entitled to hold land in their names if they so wish. According to Rapport, the Ingonyama Trust intervened in a successful land claim by Zulu communities over 11 000ha of land adjacent to the trust land.

Constitutional change to be debated after court win

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 03 December 2018
Tags: #Constitutional Law #Litigation #Property Law
The Western Cape High Court has dismissed AfriForum's urgent application to have MPs interdicted from moving to adopt Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee report on the amendment on the Constitution to make way for land expropriation without compensation in what ANC MP Vincent Smith described as ‘a victory for South Africans’.

Court to decide whether BEE partner can be removed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 03 December 2018
Tags: #Litigation
The Gauteng High Court (Johannsburg) is set to decide whether a BEE partner can be removed from a consortium for failing to rake in enough tenders, says Rapport. Dr John Tembalikayise (TJ) Lupepe, a dentist turned construction magnate and chairperson of the company Mdali, is requesting the court to interdict the Portugese construction company MotaEngil Construction SA from appropriating its 49% shares in local BEE venture MECSA for a nominal amount of R59.

Strange goings-on at a house Shivambu bought ...

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 03 December 2018
Tags: #Criminal Law #Litigation
More than R400 000 of illicit VBS Mutual Bank funds was used by Brian ­Shivambu, brother of EFF’s deputy president Floyd, as a deposit to purchase a R2.7m townhouse in Fourways, Johannesburg, according to a Mail & Guardian report. Documents it says it has seen reportedly show that various payments, ranging from R100 000 to R300 000, by Sgameka Projects referencing Pine Avon were made between October last year and January this year.

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