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Financial sector reform
Call for comments by 30 November 2017

ANC. Validity of 8th KZN Provincial Elective Conference
KwaZulu-Natal High Court, Pietermaritzburg : judgment. To be contested in SCA

KZNLS on Appointment of Madam Justice Theron to ConCourt
Press release

KZNLS on Appointment of Raymond Zondo as Deputy Chief Justice
Press release

Court rules on identifying child offenders and victims
In a victory for the media, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled on Tuesday that all child offenders, victims and witnesses may be identified once they have turned 18

ICC rules SA had a duty to arrest Bashir
It ruled that South Africa was not entitled to decide unilaterally not to cooperate with the international Court

Call for comments : Sectional Titles Amendment Draft Bill, 2017
By no later than 30 July 2017

Call for comments : Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill [B6-2017]
By no later than 28 July 2017

Call for comments : Legal Practice Amendment Bill [B11-2017]
By no later than 28 July 2017

Workshop : Court Appearances and Etiquette in Magistrate's Courts
A practical guide for candidate attorneys Pietermaritzburg : 19 August 2017

Workshop : The Law of Trusts
Durban : 28 September 2017 Pietermaritzburg : 5 October 2017

Legal Costs Workshop
Durban : 14 August 2017

Workshop : Future of Trusts
Pietermaritzburg : 7 September 2017

'Secret ballot' judgment
ConCourt's decision in United Democratic Movement v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others

New LSSA Co-Chairpersons Walid Brown and David Bekker . . .
Cape Town attorney Walid Brown and Harrismith attorney David Bekker have been elected Co-Chairpersons of the LSSA

Property Practitioners Bill, 2016
For public comment GenN 246/GG 40733/31-03-2017

Home Loan and Mortgage Disclosure Amendment Bill, 2016
For public comment GenN 247/GG 40733/31-03-2017

Zuma : Cabinet reshuffle to improve efficiency and effectiveness
The Presidency released a statement in the early hours of Friday morning announcing the adjustments affecting 20 people

What powers and rights does Zuma have to sack members of his Cabinet?
The question is what constitutional or political considerations may limit the powers of the president to hire or fire individual Cabinet ministers

CPS contract extended
The Constitutional Court handed down judgment in the social grants case on Friday morning

Appointment of Hawks head Ntlemeza set aside
The appointment of Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza has been set aside by the High Court in Pretoria

Social media in SA could be regulated
The regulation of social media, in light of issues including the spread of fake news and scams, is being considered, says Minister of State Security David Mahlobo

Parliament : Prompted by Zuma, security cluster announces bail procedures review
Government's review of criminal justice legislation is considering the inclusion of "issues of state security and issues of national sovereignty" in bail procedures

Transformation of the Financial Sector
Call for comments

Budget Speech 2017
#Budget2017

High Court decision on South Africa's withdrawal from International Criminal Court
Handed down in North Gauteng High Court, 22 February 2017

Sassa totally unprepared for D-day
Summary of recent news items

Gerrie Nel's career move
Summary of recent news items

You can't pick your government house : Cape Town lawyer
Nobody has the right to pick and choose where their house is when the government is providing it, a lawyer for the City of Cape Town said during a challenge by 27 evicted Woodstock residents who refuse to accept emergency shacks outside the city

Mentally-ill patient death probe : 94 deaths in 2016
Summary of recent news items

SABC may face hefty fine over protest footage ruling
The SABC could be fined as much as R1million for failing to implement the ruling of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to lift the ban on the broadcast of violent protests

Free access to SA legislation for small law firms
Via their South African National Legislation service (NetLaw), Sabinet provides users with instant online access to SA Legislation. This service is free to small law firms

Rare judgment sees maintenance defaulter face jail time
Durban businessman ordered to pay maintenance arrears within 30 days or go to jail

Historical municipal debt : Pretoria judgment
If you buy a property that has a municipal-related debt to it - incurred by the previous owner - you cannot be held responsible for paying it

The three legal 'giants' who fought to bring you the state capture report
Dali Mpofu ; Dumisa Ntsebeza ; Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

Pravin Gordhan summoned to court, charged with fraud
Various news articles

Higher Education Protests 2016
Offers to mediate

A new great library of Africa
Clem Sunter on the University of Johannesburg's new library

Jiba, Mrwebi to be struck off the roll
. . . according to a judgment of the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday

Ground-breaking garnishee order judgement a victory for the poor
A Constitutional Court judgement which prescribes judicial oversight over the Emolument Attachment Order (EAO) process has been billed as a victory for the poor

Much to debate over protector candidates
At least five of the 14 contenders vying to replace Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will give the ad hoc committee set up to find her successor a lot to debate

Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act declared invalid
The Constitutional Court has ruled the Act to be invalid with effect from today

Chief Master's Directive 3 of 2016
Deceased estates : dealing with an executor's application for discharge

Chief Master's Directive 2 of 2016
Deceased estates : dealing with estate duty matters by the Master and SARS

Deeds Office. RC 5/2016
Uninterrupted workflow process for deeds and documents

Give it up, JSC tells ConCourt judges Jafta and Nkabinde
Judge Hlophe misconduct

Presidency : Expropriation Bill process
President Jacob Zuma has requested the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces to advise him on the process followed by Parliament in passing the Expropriation Bill

Regulations Relating to the Admission of Learners to Public Schools in Gauteng
ConCourt judgment and related news article

KZNLS President on racism in South Africa
Press release

#SpyTapes judgment
Court : decision to discontinue prosecution of President Jacob Zuma was irrational

"Please call me" judgment
Constitutional Court. Makate v Vodacom (Pty) Ltd

Sports codes will be punished for missing race targets : Minister
Full text

Nkandla reprimand letter
Full letter

The full Arms Deal Report
Full text

Release of 'Arms Deal' Report
Statement by President Jacob Zuma

Zuma slates justice system
President Jacob Zuma said he would be "very happy that we solve the African problem in the African way, because if we solve them only legally, they become too complicated. The law looks at one side only"

Debate to remove President
Live

Notyesi and Van Rensburg elected to lead the LSSA
Mthatha attorney Mvuso Notyesi (right) and Brits attorney Jan Janse van Rensburg were elected Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) at its annual general meeting in Kempton Park on 2 April 2016

Interviews for Judicial Service Commission judges moved forward
Interviews for the appointment of judges have had to be rescheduled because MPs have to be in Parliament on Tuesday for a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma

Panama Papers
Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. They show how Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax

President Zuma appoints a new JSC member
From within the attorney's profession

Pistorius to be sentenced in June
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, will be sentenced in June

Pravin Gordhan's full statement on 'existence of a spy unit' to the Hawks
"I have responded to the questions sent by the Hawks and I wish to state the following . . ."

Constitutional Court. 'Nkandla' judgment
Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others ; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others

[Kwazulu-Natal] State of the Province Address
Full text

2016 Budget Speech
Full text

Expropriation Bill passed
Parliament took a huge step towards restoration of land rights when it passed the long-awaited Expropriation Bill yesterday

State of the Nation Address 2016
Full text

[President Zuma ropes in Gauntlett]
A desperate President Jacob Zuma has turned to one of South Africa's top legal minds in an attempt to get the scourge of Nkandla off his back

National Action Plan to Combat Racism, Racial Dicrimination . . .
Draft for public consultation

Zuma appoints eight women as judges
Eight women have been appointed as judges to serve on various High and Labour Courts by President Jacob Zuma

Confusion over king's incarceration after ConCourt rejection
Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo could spend his first Christmas in jail after the Constitutional Court dismissed his application for leave to appeal his conviction and 12-year jail sentence

Announcement of new Ministers of Finance and COGTA
Presidency statement

Zuma 'removes' Nene as finance minister
President Jacob Zuma's surprise 'removal' of highly respected Nhlanhla Nene as the Minister of Finance has shocked economic analysts and sent the rand plummeting to record lows against the major international currencies

SCA finds Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder
The Supreme Court of Appeal has replaced Oscar Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction with murder.

Before Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. 25 November 2015
Financial Sector Regulation Bill ; Criminal Matters Amendment Bill ; Defence Laws and Repeal Amendment Bill ; Judicial Matters Amendment Bill ; Domestic Violence Act

Before Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. 24 November 2015
PRASA briefing ; TRIPS Agreement ; Current drought ; Expropriation Bill ; Protection of Investment Bill ; Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill ; Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill ; Financial Sector Regulation Bill

Before Parliamentary Portfolio Committee today. 20 November 2015
Performing Animals Protection Amendment Bill [B9-2015]

Application against Jiba, Mrwebi struck off roll
An urgent application by rights group Freedom Under Law (FUL) aimed at suspending two senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials has been struck off the roll in the High Court in Pretoria

Davies tables investment Bill, says it won't dent SA
Amid criticism from opposition parties, the Promotion and Protection of Investments Bill was tabled in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Tuesday

Vital victory for medical scheme members
A supreme Court of Appeal ruling has given South Africans more protection from medical aid schemes that try to force them to use state hospitals if patients want certain treatments paid for

President Zuma appoints new Constitutional Court Judge
President Jacob Zuma has appointed Justice Nonkosi Zoliswa Mhlantla as a judge of the Constitutional Court with effect from 01 December 2015. Includes link to CV

Transformation remains a challenge in legal profession
Deputy minister of Justice and Correctional Services, John Jeffery, addressed the Law society of the Northern Provinces at Sun City

Johannesburg Bar adopts race quota rule : Dali Mpofu
Media release by the Johannesburg Society of Advocates

New rules for sexual offences courts
Judges, magistrates, prosecutors police officers and other court officials will not be allowed to work in the newly re-established sexual offences courts unless they undergo specialised training

Wake-up call for black lawyers
Delivering the inaugural Godfrey Mokgonane Pitje Memorial Lecture, DCJ Dikgang Moseneke said transformation of the legal profession would not happen at the behest of the private sector, which continued to brief according to its interests and prejudices

The legal status of Public Protector : Supreme Court of Appeals sets binding precedent
The court offered helpful guidance on the role and powers of the public protector in our constitutional democracy

Twist in judicial interviews after Malema grilling
The Judicial Service Commission said late on Thursday it was unable to recommend a deputy judge president for the KwaZulu-Natal High Court

Marikana justice still delayed
More than three months after the release of the Marikana commission's report, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said it is "still studying" it, and is yet to set up a team to investigate the police killing of 34 mine workers

Greenhouse emissions : SA makes pledge
South Africa promised to arrest its rising greenhouse-gas pollution by 2025

President Zuma appoints first female Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal
President Jacob Zuma has appointed Justice Mandisa Muriel Maya as the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal

ConCourt agrees on Marikana miners' legal aid
The Constitutional Court has dismissed a bid by Legal Aid SA to appeal a High Court judgment that it provide legal aid to miners arrested and injured during the strike at Marikana

President Zuma requests Chief Justice to re-initiate the process to appoint IEC Commissioner
The list provided by the selection panel chaired by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng did not provide sufficient choice with regards to gender and race as provided by the Constitution

Concourt should not hear EFF's Nkandla case : Jacob Zuma
In an affidavit Zuma said the case is not yet ready to be heard by the highest court in the land

Zuma appoints board of inquiry into Phiyega
President Jacob Zuma has appointed Judge Cornelis Johannes Claassen as the chairperson the inquiry into allegations of misconduct by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega

ANC still wants fewer provinces
The ANC is still looking at reducing the number of provinces, legislature and governance committee chairperson Nomaindia Mfeketo said

A new addition to SA's oppressive laws list
The Department of Trade and Industry is quietly processing legislation that will, in effect, expropriate copyrights on the death of their owner

Third meeting of the National Form on the Legal Profession
19 September 2015

Transformation of the Legal Profession Report
Invitation to attend launch on 30 September 2015

Have empathy, that's what you can do for constitutional democracy : Kate O'Regan
Constitutional democracy will only work if South Africans start to put themselves into the shoes of people who don't look like them. Former ConCourt judge Kate O'Regan said this in answer to the question: "Is South Africa's Constitution a paper tiger?"

The extent and limit of the powers of the Public Protector
Position paper. Law Society of South Africa. 2015

International Criminal Court to South Africa on Al Bashir
Order requesting submissions from the Republic of South Africa for the purposes of proceedings under article 87(7) of the Rome Statute

EFF gets green light to take Nkandla to the Constitutional Court
According to instructions given by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, the Constitutional Court will hear the Economic Freedom Fighters' case on February 9 next year

Springbok World Cup court ban dropped
A court bid to stop the Springboks from leaving South Africa to compete in the Rugby World Cup was abandoned

Springbok World Cup court ban dropped
A court bid to stop the Springboks from leaving South Africa to compete in the Rugby World Cup was abandoned

DA's bid to impeach Zuma fails
The motion to impeach Zuma was rejected

Passing of Former Constitutional Court Judge : Justice Thembile Lewis Skweyiya
Media statement

When the Executive met the Judiciary : The Ten Commitments
Essentially, the executive and judiciary agreed to do what they are supposed to do

Zuma, judges agree on 'mutual respect'
A meeting to clear the air between the judiciary and executive on Thursday ended with agreement on measures on how to deal with each other with "mutual respect"

Rights and wrongs of regulating religion
Last week the Commission ... announced it will investigate the financial affairs of churches, mosques, synagogues and other houses of religion and spirituality

Eastern Cape court's powerful defence of democracy
The Eastern Cape bench has struck a powerful blow in defence of democratic rights by recognising the right of a community to elect their headman and not allow the local chief to simply appoint one

Copyright Amendment Bill boggles legal minds
There appears to be a number of inconsistencies and contradictions between the bill and the existing Copyright Act

Judges in South Africa : whingeing or really under threat?
Tensions are inevitable in any constitutional democracy that empowers the courts to overrule the executive and legislature

Parly jamming case to go to the SCA
"@ewnreporter @SAEditorsForum @ODAC_SA @r2kcampaign granted leave 2 appeal #SignalJamming #ParlyBroadcast case 2 SCA - Bloemfontein beckons", Dario Milo tweeted

Constitutional Court judgment backs democratic control of land in traditional areas
The Centre for Law and Society said the ruling "establishes important precedents in the approach to community rights in areas controlled by traditional leaders according to distorted versions of customary law codified under colonial and apartheid rule"

Justice minister delays Pistorius's release
Michael Masutha has called for a parole board review of Oscar Pistorius's release, saying he wasn't technically eligible for consideration

Booysen goes for top Hawks job
KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen has applied and been shortlisted for the national head of the unit which was vacated by his former boss Anwa Dramat

Justice Minister seeking legal advice on Pistorius's release on probation
Masutha says he needs to know if the release is lawful

While not completely out of trouble, Nomgcobo Jiba's future looks bright again
When the history of the Zuma Era is written, the story of Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba will make a fascinating chapter

Glory days : South African politics, a lawyer's paradise
We've become so used to politicians taking legal action that sometimes it's easy to forget just how much political litigation is working its way through the courts

DA threatens court action after Mbete refuses impeachment motion
The Democratic Alliance has threatened to bring an urgent application in court over Baleka Mbete’s refusal to allow a debate on a motion of impeachment against President Jacob Zuma

Treat prisoners as 'cockroaches' : Deputy Police Minister
Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu said the state’s strategic implementation plan must always intend to treat heinous criminals as outcasts. She added they must neither have a place in the society, nor peace in their cells

Carbon tax set for mid-2016 introduction, says National Treasury
The implementation of carbon tax in South Africa was set for the middle of next year, said National Treasury chief director of economic tax analysis Cecil Morden

Measures to safeguard separation of powers
President Jacob Zuma says government has taken measures to safeguard the separation of powers doctrine, especially with regard to the independence of the judiciary

E-toll testing kicks off in Durban
According to N3 Toll Concession, the N3TC is collaborating with Sanral to implement the e-toll collection system as an additional payment method for vehicles fitted with electronic tags

Bouncers in parliament
Parliament is bracing itself for the possibility of big trouble this afternoon when President Jacob Zuma takes questions from MPs. Sources confirmed the "bouncers" were either former or current members of the SA Police Service

Gary Beuthin and the failings of the criminal justice sytem
Prisons are too full to keep convicts in for life, the courts are too overloaded for exhaustive trials to be heard and detectives are too swamped to pay sufficient attention to every accused. Parole officers are also likely too stretched

Treasury cracks down on estate duty
National Treasury is proposing that contributions to a retirement fund must be included in deceased estates for estate duty purposes, effective from January

Banks warn Expropriation Bill will create risks for bond debtors
Parliament's public works committee began the first day of public hearings on the Expropriation Bill on Tuesday

Full transcript : Mac Maharaj on Mandela, Zuma and South Africa
The following is a transcript of a wide-ranging interview between Alec Russell, News Editor of the Financial Times, and Mac Maharaj, former confidant of Nelson Mandela and until recently the spin-doctor of President Jacob Zuma

US appeals court rejects apartheid cases against Ford, IBM
Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot sue IBM Corp and Ford Motor Co in New York because they cannot show that the companies' alleged offending behavior occurred in the United States

Transformation in S Africa's work environment too slow, says commission
The pace of transformation in South African workplaces is moving too slowly, with 70% of the country's top management level jobs still held by whites in 2014

Over 1 000 firms in court over EE targets
More than 1 000 companies will be taken to court because of non-compliance with the legal requirements of employment equity

Gender reform in the judiciary is still skin deep
The judicial candidates for SA's highest court are all women, but real change requires an end to sexism

175 000 cheating South Africans may be exposed in Ashley Madison hack
The hacking collective posted some of the private information online and threated to release all of the records if Ashley Madison's owner did not take down the adultery-promoting site

Why the ad hoc Committee on Nkandla is legally irrelevant
Only the President can make a legally valid decision not to obey the remedial action imposed and then only if he acts rationally on the basis of cogent reasons

Former credit ombudsman calls on Department of Justice to cap lawyers' fee
Debt collecting process in need of reform

The Judiciary's Commitment to the Rule of Law
Statement issued by the Chief Justice, the Heads of Court and senior Judges of all Divisions

Asserting his authority and independence, Advocate Abrahams meets the press
Shaun Abrahams says he has only one legacy he wants to leave, that he's created "stability for the NPA, entrenched stability"

Judges and the rise of traditional leaders and customary law : a new legal frontier
Customary law and traditional leadership issues are the new legal frontiers of South African law and matters pertaining to this will increasingly come before the courts

SA Democracy under threat, says Judge Masipa
Conceding that court rulings were being ignored by the state, Judge Masipa said the most serious case was the government decision to allow Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to leave the country despite a High Court ruling to prevent him from doing so

Call to transform KZN gaming and betting sector
KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Belinda Scott is calling for transformation in the provincial gaming and betting sector after she appointed a new board

Top court nominations begin to address judicial gender injustice
The Judicial Service Commission plans to interview five candidates for key positions - and all of them are women. "None of them make me go, 'eek' ", was the way one lawyer described the five candidates' judicial philosophies

Radebe : 'We have challenges with the ICC'
South Africa is considering withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, but only after all other avenues have been exhausted. Affidavit will be filed in Pretoria today

'Aurora judgment'
Engelbrecht NO and Others v Zuma and Others

Marikana Report : Here's the full text
Full text of President Jacob Zuma's announcement regarding findings of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry

'Al-Bashir judgment'
North Gauteng High Court

Govt to be prosecuted over Bashir exit?
According to eNCA, the court has invited the NPA to decide if criminal charges should be brought against government

Marikana miners were killers : Zuma
President Jacob Zuma stunned his audience when he said the striking miners had been killers before they were shot on August 16, 2012

Minister to be consulted on evictions
Private and public landowners will have to notify the Minister of Human Settlements before evicting people from their land, if a proposal being discussed in government becomes law

Al-Bashir's evasion to be debated in Parliament
The controversy surrounding Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will be debated in the National Assembly this afternoon

Court to give reasons for Al-Bashir ruling
The High Court in Pretoria is on Wednesday expected to give its reasons for its ruling that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir be kept in South Africa and arrested

HRC not ready to release findings on king's alleged xenophobic remarks
The commission is investigating comments that King Goodwill Zwelithini allegedly made during a moral regeneration event in Pongola in March

Of governments, NGOs and spying
On Monday, news broke that SA’s Legal Resources Centre was one of two human rights groups that British intelligence has been illegally spying on, one day after reports that government ministers had launched an "informal probe" into five NGOs

State repeats mistakes in third attempt at courts bill
The government prepares to reintroduce the Traditional Courts Bill for a third

Can the NPA's credibility be rebuilt?
Adv Shaun Abrahams takes over an organisation whose leaders are better known for allegations of political bias, abuse of power and misconduct, than the integrity and independence the position requires

ConCourt rules in 'adultery' case
Continued existence of claim for adultery in SA law

Shaun Abrahams takes to the floor : the dance of being SA's fifth NDPP
South Africa has a new National Director of Public Prosecutions - the fifth in the 17 years of the NPA's history

Mogoeng Mogoeng, al-Bashir, and the rule of law in South Africa
It appears our government contravened a court order

Mark Shuttleworth loses battle with Bank
Billionaire Mark Shuttleworth has lost a battle in the constitutional court with the South African Reserve Bank over a R250,5m levy dispute

President Zuma appoints National Director of Public Prosecutions
Presidency website

[SA and China sign ICT action plan]
The agreement strengthens existing ties between the two countries in the area of Information and Communication Technologies

Ten questions for Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
A frank two-hour interview with South Africa's top judge in his office at the Constitutional Court

Four women shortlisted for ConCourt vacancy
The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) on Wednesday announced a shortlist of four candidates to fill a vacancy on South Africa’s Constitutional Court

Maintenance courts fail SA's children
A Bill aims to blacklist defaulting parents, but a staffing crisis is eroding good legal intentions

Zuma promotes six judges
President Jacob Zuma has confirmed the appointment of six judges to some of the highest courts of the land

Parliament wins broadcast-feeds case
Media houses have been dealt a legal blow after the High Court exonerated Parliament for the signal jamming incident during President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address earlier this year

Home Affairs ordered to pay costs of attorney barred entry into South Africa
The home affairs department has been ordered to pay costs incurred by a Pretoria-based attorney, Eucan Gwanangura, after officials at the Beitbridge border post barred him entry on his return from Zimbabwe

School admissions policy unchanged
The South Gauteng High Court's order was seen as a partial victory for school governing bodies in determining school language policy

How South Africa rigged the 2010 World Cup bid
This is the story told about South Africa's World Cup 2010 bid in the indictment served on 14 Fifa officials in a US court this week

Bill to hold unions liable for strike damage rejected
Parliament'’s labour committee on Wednesday rejected a proposed draft bill that would have made trade unions partly responsible for the cost of strike-related violence and damage to property.

Minor offenders soon to get a second chance
The Department of Correctional Services is considering an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Act to allow for the removal of criminal records for minor offenders in order to give them "a second chance in life".

New solicitor-general post to cut state legal bill
In a move meant to reduce the money the government spends on litigation each year, the state attorney's office is to be strengthened under the leadership of a solicitor-general with the status of a judge.

SA's drone regulation gets off the ground
After waiting for months to find out what sort of regulation drones would have in South Africa, the country's Civil Aviation Authority over the weekend released the new regulations for flying drones in public.

Take back this child'
In a precedent-setting court case which could have devastating consequences for adopted children in South Africa, a Krugersdorp couple has asked to cancel the adoption of a child they raised for five years.

Mogoeng calls for judicial independence
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng launched a veiled attack on the executive on Friday accusing it of interfering in the judiciary's independence.

Nun's attackers found guilty of murder, rape and robbery
The two Ixopo men accused of attacking 86-year-old nun, Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher, who was found dead in her room last month, were on Wednesday found guilty of the missionary's murder in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Removing MPs from Parly 'inconsistent with Constitution'
The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday ruled that the Speaker of Parliament may not have MPs arrested on the floor of the house as this violated their right to free speech.

R3m boost for SA's small claims courts
South Africa has signed a R3 million extension agreement with the Swiss Confederation on the re-engineering of Small Claims Courts.

Minister Gugile Nkwinti : Rural Development and Land Reform Dept Budget Vote 2015/16
Speech

Inmates win right to use laptops in cells
Three inmates at Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria turned to court to challenge the "policy" of not allowing them to have laptops in their cells

George Louca dies in custody
George Louca, the man accused of the murder of Lolly jackson, has died in police custody from complications relating to his terminal lung cancer.

Mxolisi Nxasana inquiry terminated at 11th hour
In a shock announcement on Monday morning, senior counsel Nazeer Cassim said he had been instructed by President Jacob Zuma on Sunday evening to "cease" the inquiry into the fitness for office of National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana.

Opinion : SARS, the end of the affair
SARS has announced that Ivan Pillay and Peter Richer had both resigned with immediate effect. Technically, this brings an end to the most turbulent period in the history of the organisation.

Landmark court battle over online copyright
The high court heard a case yesterday that could determine how far media houses can go in using each other's news stories online before being in breach of copyright laws. [Moneyweb v Fin24]

Bill allowing for Road Accident Fund replacement published
A new bill that provides for the replacement of the Road Accident Fund (RAF) with a new agency has been published for comment, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday.

'Right to die' case
Includes links to Court Order and subsequent reasons

KZN families receive R9.7m in land claims settlement
Chief Director of Restitution in KwaZulu-Natal advocate Bheki Mbili said the government wanted to restore the dignity that was taken away from families when the dispossessions took place and redress the legacy of the 1913 Native's Land Act.

[BLA Press Release]. Xenophobic Attacks on Foreign Nationals
BLA is appalled by attacks against our fellow brothers and sisters from the neighbouring states and the diaspora thereto.

LSSA Press Release. Law Society Donates R50 000 Towards Assistance for Xenophobia Victims
The Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), Busani Mabunda and Richard Scott, have resolved to donate R50 000 towards assistance for victims who have been displaced by xenophobic violence.

Office of the Chief Justice Press Release. Chief Justice Mogoeng Calls for Peace and Restraint
The overwhelming majority of South Africans are peace-loving and therefore deeply saddened by these terrible acts of violence which could undermine the country’s human rights track record.

Ill-Gotten Benefits Should Be Paid Back : Public Protector
Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela on Friday stressed the point that government should seek to claw back any ill-gotten public funds that are the spin-offs of corrupt and collusive practices

LSSA launches court bid against President and Ministers to stop ratification of 2014 SADC Protocol
The LSSA has launched an application to declare the actions of the President as well as Ministers in voting for, signing and planning to ratify the SADC Summit Protocol on 2014 as it relates to the SADC Tribunal, to be unconstitutional.

Court for xeno cases
A special court was set up at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court this week to deal with cases involving attacks on foreigners.

'Give me right to die'
The Pretoria High Court is likely to hear a case next week that will determine if doctors can assist their patients to die if they are terminally ill.

Minister intervenes to promote legal transformation
Justice Minister Michael Masutha revealed in Parliament yesterday that he had intervened in the process of appointing representatives to serve on the newly-established National Forum on the Legal Profession

KZNLS Press Release. Law Society Shocked and Concerned at Xenophobic Attacks
The KwaZulu-Natal Law Society expresses its shock and grave concern over the attacks on foreign nationals which rocked the city of Durban in particular.

NADEL Press Release. [Events in KwaZulu-Natal]
In upholding the values of our Constitution, the National Association of Democratic Lawyers recommitted itself to combating and preventing all instances of injustice and unfair discriminatory practices based on race, ethnic origin, colour or creed

Judge Achmat Jappie earns his nod for top spot
After a grilling by the Judicial Service Commission, KwaZulu-Natal deputy Judge President Achmat Jappie was recommended for appointment as judge president of the province’s high court.

KZN top judge Chiman Patel sues state for R3m
In an unprecedented move the former judge president of KwaZulu-Natal, Chiman Patel, is suing the state for R3-million in damages for malicious prosecution on false charges.

JSC wrestles with gender transformation
This time around only three candidates out of 20 being interviewed for vacancies in the country’s higher courts are female. The appointment of a judge president in KwaZulu-Natal, is also on the agenda.

Uniform Rules for the profession
Draft uniform rules for the statutory law societies were approved at the AGMs of all the provincial law societies.

Court declares law firm's contingency-fee agreement invalid
In a judgment that could open the floodgates for claims, the Johannesburg High Court has declared invalid a contingency-fee agreement that a law firm entered into with a client in 2005.

KZNLS Workshop
Estates and Wills Workshop : an overview of the process in the administration of deceased estates and the drafting of wills

KZNLS Workshop
Court Appearances and Etiquette in Magistrate's Courts

New leaders for attorneys' profession
Mabunda and Scott elected co-chairpersons of Law Society of South Africa

Sabinet's offer to small law firms
Sabinet offers qualifying small law firms access to South African Legislation

Legal Practice Act
Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014

KZN Law Library Online Resources
Catalogue of all KZN Law Library online resources.

Sabinet offers free NetLaw access to small law firms for a year
Sabinet Online Ltd is offering free access to South African legislation to small law firms in conjunction with the profession’s Law Library (which is the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society Library)

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