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Viwe Mtwesi, a cardiologist, has opened a case of crimen injuria and defamation of character at the Pretoria West police station against a woman who labelled her a 'prostitute' on social media because of the dress she wore. A Twitter user by the name of Warrior Woman Elminie called Mtwesi a prostitute via an account that has since been deleted.
One of the Eastern Cape's most controversial lawyers – who has been involved in a number of medico-legal and Road Accident Fund (RAF) cases – has been arrested. The lawyer, not named in the TimesLIVE report, was arrested in Mthatha yesterday evening by a Hawks team lead by national investigators. He is due in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court today.
While amendments to the State Liability Act, which will allow for structured settlements of medico-legal claims, are before the National Assembly’s Health Committee, more figures about the costs of the claims to the state continue to emerge.
Two plain clothes police officers have opened cases of assault against members of the EFF following an altercation after the State of the Nation Address in Parliament last week. Video footage emerged on Friday showing EFF MP Marshall Dlamini slapping a plain clothes police officer, says a News24 report.
A widow has won her appeal against the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for compensation in the Western Cape High Court after her common law husband was killed when knocked over by a container being conveyed by a so-called ‘reach stacker’ at the Multipurpose Terminal at Cape Town Harbour nearly nine years ago.
Kalu, the famous chimpanzee that has been living for years in an enclosure at Broadlands Stud Farm in Somerset West, owned by Patricia Cavendish O’Neill, is at the centre of a civil suit after biting off the finger of woman who lived on the farm, notes a Cape Argus report.
The inquiry into a Durban surgeon who allegedly said Indians had a 'coolie' mentality and told a colleague he had bad odour, has been adjourned to March. The committee spent the first of three days set down for the inquiry deliberating on whether certain evidence from a CCMA ruling would be allowed to be presented at the inquiry, reports the Daily News.
A Cape Town grandmother blinded by a stripper during a sexy firemen’s routine at a UK nightclub is suing The Dreamboys troupe for about R2.5m, says a Weekend Argus report. Merle Groenewald (58) was on a girls’ night out with three friends at London’s Leicester Square nightspot, Rise, in December 2014 when she was injured and rushed to hospital by paramedics.
The teacher and pupil involved in a fracas in a Cape Town high school classroom have been suspended. According to a TimesLIVE report, a video of the argument at Sans Souci Girls' High School in Newlands that culminated in a shoving match and the teacher slapping the Grade 9 pupil went viral this week.
Police confirmed yesterday that the Sans Souci Girls' High teacher who was filmed slapping a learner in a heated altercation has opened a case of assault against the pupil, says a TimesLIVE report. The pupil’s mother, however, has opened a case against the teacher.
Vosloorus mother Edith Nombulelo has claimed R23m from a private hospital after her son was born in June 2005 with severe brain damage. A Pretoria News report says the brain damage resulted in cerebral palsy, allegedly caused by the delay in assisting her when the foetus was in distress.
The Equality Court in Muizenburg in the Western Cape has ruled that the words ‘black bitch’ and ‘kaffir’ are hurtful. A Times Select report says Ronald Fivelman (66) has been ordered to give an unconditional written apology to Nomtha Macala (37), the woman on the receiving end of those words.
Former Middelburg, Mpumalanga, maternity sister Mirri Bridger (53) has sued the Life Healthcare Group for R2m for alleged incorrect treatment and the wrong medication following an acute asthma attack in 2009. A Pretoria News report says Bridger approached the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), saying she could no longer work after she was rendered disabled.
The mother of a young boy is suing his primary school and an entertainment equipment renting company for R19.5m after he fell from a mechanical bull, says a Beeld report. According to court papers, the Springvale Primary School in Centurion and Ayoba Fun Hire are liable for an incident in February last year at the school.
Medical negligence claims against the state are rising at a ‘near exponential’ rate, leaving provincial health departments with an R80.4bn headache that is putting services at risk, according to data revealed in a detailed Business Day report. It says nine provincial health departments saw their medico-legal contingent liabilities increase by 33% year-on-year in 2017-18, to reach a level almost triple that of the 2014-15 financial year.