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25 January 2017
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24 Jan 2017
Now ANC admits to 'off-books' election campaign
On Tuesday, the African National Congress (ANC) was forced to back-pedal on claims that it had no knowledge of a covert election campaign team known as the War Room. Last week, ANC spokesperson...
ANC 'black ops' case not urgent – judge
The High Court in Johannesburg has thrown out an urgent application against the African National Congress (ANC) brought by businessperson Sihle Bolani. Judge Leoni Windell struck the matter off the...
23 Jan 2017
GCIS: John Jeffery on the Traditional Courts Bill
The approval by Cabinet of the revised Traditional Courts Bill in December 2016 is a culmination of the tireless work of the Reference Group made up of representatives of the institutions of...
20 Jan 2017
Municipalities given until month end to clear electricity arrears
Eskom has been asked to give municipalities with outstanding bills until the end of the month to settle their accounts before switching off the lights, Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown...
13 Jan 2017
Dlamini's bail valid because State failed to share video footage with defence - judge
The State's failure to share video footage of Fees Must Fall activist Mcebo Dlamini with his legal team was crucial in the decision to grant him bail. The footage allegedly showed him throwing...
Fees Must Fall activist Mcebo Dlamini in court
Former University of the Witwatersrand Student Representative Council leader and Fees Must Fall activist Mcebo Dlamini appeared calm in the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday morning. Wearing a...
F4SD wants municipal officials fired for not paying Eskom
Municipalities must fire officials responsible for failing to honour arrangements to pay their debts to Eskom, the Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) said on Friday. “We are concerned that all...
11 Jan 2017
High Court exposes DMR as incompetent, irrational investment obstructor
A judgement of the Gauteng division of the High Court of South Africa exposes the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) as an irrational institution with a high degree of incompetence that...
10 Jan 2017
Mineral ‘wrongs’ righted
A company that showed diligence in applying for mineral rights ended up getting mineral ‘wrongs’, a court has found. The Gauteng division of the High Court in Pretoria has ruled that Aquila Steel...
The Practical Implications Of “Reinstating” A Credit Agreement
This case – Nkata v Firstrand Bank Limited and others [2016] ZACC 12 – deals with the “reinstatement” of a credit agreement under the National Credit Act, No. 34 of 2005 (the “NCA”).  In this...
15 Dec 2016
Govt must 'wake up and smell the herbs'
The government should “wake up and smell the herbs” and decriminalise cannabis, an activist for the plant told the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. “We beg this court to be bold. To be brave,”...
13 Dec 2016
Bite your tongue!
Witnesses giving evidence before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (“CCMA”) should take care when making statements that may expose them to defamation claims. This issue...
08 Dec 2016
Icasa lays criminal charges against SABC over protest policy
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has laid criminal charges against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for failing to adhere to a ruling it made...
06 Dec 2016
Judgement reserved in DA’s bid to halt ICC withdrawal
The High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday reserved judgement in the Democratic Alliance’s (DA's) application to have South Africa’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court...
DA bid to halt ICC withdrawal premature: Government
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA's) application to have the process of withdrawing South Africa from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) halted is premature, the High Court in...
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