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A practice directive to regulate case management and the enrollment of trials at the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria and Johannesburg) has lawyers up in arms, claiming that rather than alleviating congested court rolls it will have a devastating effect on those who wish to bring their cases before the courts.
A game lodge outside Middelburg, Mpumalanga – which ran a boot camp in March 2014 during which Charline Viljoen was badly injured – has to pay her R1.3m in damages.
Eastern Cape lawyer Zuko Nonxuba – facing fresh charges of fraud amounting to R45m – has been granted R50 000 bail by the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court.
Thabo Nkosi claimed more than R8m in damages from Prasa by alleging that he was pushed out of an overcrowded train in January 2011 and that he had lost both his legs as a result.
Leslie Charles Maker – who fell down a flight of stairs that had no railings at the SAPS stolen vehicle pound in Mkondeni in November 2016 – is claiming R1.6m in damages.
The SCA has dismissed an application relating to a crash settlement, saying the court cannot act as a mere rubber stamp. A Cape Times report says in 2014, Patronacia Maswanganyi had alleged negligence by a driver involved in a crash with her child’s father, in which the father was killed.
The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has dismissed with costs an application by the EFF for leave to appeal against the judgment which ordered the party to pay former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel R500 000 for defaming him, says a TimesLIVE report.
Former State Security Agency (SSA) DG Arthur Fraser has issued a summons against investigative journalist Jacques Pauw and NB Publishers over ‘harmful’ statements made in Pauw's book, The President's Keepers, notes a News24 report.
The EFF will know today whether the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) will grant its leave to appeal an earlier defamation ruling in its case against former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. The court ruled on 30 May that the statement made by the EFF against Manuel was false and defamatory and ordered the party to pay Manuel R500 000 in damages, Fin24 reports.
A KZN student who stepped off a moving train after it failed to stop at her station has successfully sued the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) for damages, says a Sunday Times report. Even though the train was still moving, Ngcobo stepped through an open carriage door and fell onto the platform, sustaining a serious blow to the head, and the injury had affected her studying.
Churchill Sinukela – who fell into an open water drainage manhole in January 2016, severely injuring his ankle – has been given the green light by the Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha) to sue the King Sabatha Dalindyebo municipality for damages.
Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe has filed a lawsuit against a Botswana newspaper, Sunday Standard, over claims that he smuggled R22m to influence succession politics in the country. Motsepe – founder and chairman of African Rainbow Minerals – is demanding 5m pula (R6.7m) in damages for injury to his reputation, says a report on the IoL site.
The EFF has filed an appeal against a Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) ruling which ordered it to apologise and pay damages to Trevor Manuel, in a case involving claims made by the party against the former Finance Minister on social media.
Lawyers for thousands of gold miners afflicted by silicosis or tuberculosis this week asked the Gauteng High Court to approve a R5bn settlement agreement, signed with five mining companies, as 'fair, reasonable and adequate'.
Limpopo's Health Department, already facing R4.3b in medical negligence claims, is now having to investigate a claim that a newborn's arm had been broken at birth at one of its hospitals, reports News24.