Legal Articles and Guides
Following the arrest and court appearance of two Johannesburg doctors – paediatric surgeon Peter Beale (73) and anaesthetist Abdulhay Munshi (56) – who were accused of medical negligence – some doctors are having second thoughts about performing intricate, lifesaving surgical procedures.
Centurion shopper Ellen Matlhowana has claimed R7m in damages from Woolworths after she allegedly stumbled and fell over a packing crate in an aisle in March 2014, says a report in The Star.
As many road accident victims wait to be compensated by the Road Accident Fund (RAF) following court orders in their favour, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) is expected to soon deal with the fund’s inability to pay up.
The KZN Department of Health has welcomed a recent Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) ruling that the Gauteng Department of Health will no longer have to fork out large cash sums for negligence at state medical facilities, says a report in The Mercury.
The SCA has awarded the family of Michael Komape R1.4m in damages for emotional shock and grief, after the five-year-old fell into a pit latrine at school and drowned, according to the Mail & Guardian. It was ‘the most appalling and undignified death,’ Justice Eric Leach said on behalf of a unanimous Bench.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has been called out after it tried to give an accident victim about half of what the court deemed would cover her medical costs and damages.
There is a worrying trend of systematic medical negligence in our hospitals. In AN v MEC for Health, Eastern Cape, the SCA recently remarked that ‘far too often this court is confronted with serious and serial negligence’ in hospitals … it is clear that studied neglect of standards has become pervasive in many such hospitals. 'Those reliant upon their services are receiving substandard care’.
Johannes Manganyi is due to receive damages from the MEC for Health after a trainee surgeon incorrectly inserted a metal plate into his wrist at Dr George Mukhari Hospital.
The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has ruled that Independent Media must remove two defamatory articles about a liquidator within 48 hours and pay damages of R300 000, says a Fin24 report.
A group of 30 women police officers handcuffed a father who had missed a Maintenance Court hearing and sang Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo (You strike a woman, you strike a rock) as they marched him out of his office.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) brought an urgent application in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) this week against the Sheriff of Centurion East, Absa Bank and 346 claimants that have in the last six weeks sent the sheriff to attach all the monies in its eight Absa bank accounts, according to a report by Tony Beamish on the Moneyweb site.
Two Eastern Cape mothers have both won their cases against the Eastern Cape Health Department for negligence during the deliveries of their babies.
Motorists affected by the burning Ford Kuga SUVs will be offered compensation in terms of a settlement agreement between the National Consumer Commission and Ford SA.
Former EFF MP Thembinkosi Rawula, who resigned from the party early this year after accusing leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu of using party money to fund their lifestyles, has won a defamation court case instituted against him by Malema, says a City Press report.
Three senior ANC members in the Free State have been ordered to pay R300 000 damages to the DA provincial leader Roy Jankielsohn for calling him a ‘racist’, ‘white supremacist’, a ‘clown’ and 'a dog'.