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12 March 2010

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InfoUpdate
6 of 2010

Government Gazette Update
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Legislation
Child Justice Act ; Consumer Protection Act ; Criminal Procedure Act ; Division of Revenue Bill
; Draft National Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessments ; National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 ; Protection of Personal Information Bill, 2009 ; Regulation of Interception of Communications Act ; Social Assistance Amendment Bill
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News
Family Law Seminar. Black Lawyers Association

Recent Judgments
Competition Commission, Tribunal and Appeal Court - Sasol lifts the lid on the oil industry

Constitutional Court
- President doesn't have to pay for pardons application ; anti-dumping tariffs
Supreme Court of Appeal
- Police conduct unlawful search or trap? ; tender awards ; unacceptable for
police officials to act in two capacities ; 'equity security' exemption ; rights of asylum seekers ; Dave King not entitled to additional documents ; public violence ; wefts are finished items of false hair ; liquidator v Master of Western Cape High Court ; miner sues AngloGold Ashanti for R2,6-million for irreversible lung diseases ; comments on McBride/Citizen decision
KwaZulu-Natal High Court : Durban
- Zulu faces sequestration
KwaZulu-Natal High Court : Pietermaritzburg
- Businesswoman claims damages for not being warned of parolee's dangerous past ; Wartburger Hof murder trial begins ; Thistle Hotel murder trial underway ; Judge says
Constitution does not protect people from criminals and hands down 25-year sentences for Vroom murder ; Cathedral Peak Hotel declares pothole war
North Gauteng High Court
 - Moves on Zimbabwean properties in the Western Cape ; tourist wants R12m after slipping on wet tiles at safari lodge ; tragic sequel to 'Advocate Barbie' trial
South Gauteng High Court
- Common-law wife of safari farm owner sentenced to life for his murder ; two travellers awarded compensation after being wrongfully accused by police of stealing rental car ; prisoners take Minister to court to get transcripts of their trials ; Sexwale concerned that eviction judgment could cause chaos ; Czech fugitive finally appears in court in connection with disappearance of his father in 2002 amid reports of connection to missing German businessman

Western Cape High Court
- Zille sued by former patient of Tygerberg Hospital ; police admit putting 12 year old in body bag for failing to do homework ; Delft squatters have cost government almost R3m ; Kriegler speaks up in Zille v Judicial Service Commission in the Hlophe matter, judgment reserved
Commercial Crime Courts
- Interference by complainant leads to dismissal of case
Equality Courts
- Malema found guilty of hate speech, response from broad spectrum

Labour Appeal Courts - Judge questions sex worker's appeal against dismissal from illegal job
Land Claims Courts
- Bishops Court case goes ahead ;
Baphiring judgment now online
Regional Courts - Zulu case starts five hours late ; attorney/estate agent accused of theft of R1m from potential property purchasers ; spy software case adjourned ; plea bargain for drug mule ; assault case opened after thirteen years
Magistrates Courts
- Blue light 'victim' case in court as counter charges proceed ; one of biggest fraud cases involving SARS and Customs and Excise reaches court ; swimming coach accused of sexual abuse of three-year olds is granted bail ; man who shot child in creche given five year sentence ; man convicted after crashing into two cyclists ; Petersen in court for insurance fraud

Legal Profession
Comment on
Legal Services Sector Charter and Legal Practice Bill 2009 ; assigning of government's briefs ; Johannesburg Bar Council passes resolution on transformation ; UK law firms prepare for the stock market
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South Africa
Police to escort 2010 soccer teams, 40 000 prostitutes expected to arrive, accommodation concerns, Zakumi factory flouts conditions so production stopped ; Arts and Culture Minister walks out of exhibition by lesbian activist leaving assistant to make opening speech, lawyers to judge if photos were pornographic ; uncertainty over banking regulator ; state of South African copyright law ; re-offender stats ; prison security a concern, Westville prisoners apparently downloaded prison map to plan escape ; almost 300 transcripts missing from GSJ ; focus of the criminal justice system ; Economic Development Ministry extends its footprint, plans to use private pensions for development ; legislation to prohibit non-educational activities during school time ; teachers called to account ; clarity requested on environmental policy ; R10bn claim for Gautrain delay ; laws governing civil servants face a shake-up ; SARS conducts lifestyle audits ; Asmal calls for cabinet ministers to make debt and tax certificates public ; government tenders remain in the spotlight ; Home Affairs cancels death-bed marriage ; Royal Household Trust to curb expenses ; courts support alternative dispute resolution ; labour brokers will not be banned ; SABC hauled before CCMA ; Communal Land Rights Act faces major overhaul ; Wild Coast cottages demolished, some owners face fraud charges ; agricultural land could be declared a "national asset" ; Land Reform Green Paper to be released in May ; Eskom to apply to World Bank for loan amid concerns over coal power ; news breaks on Eskom's secret price deals ; government stake in ASA Metals to go to group of politically connected individuals rather than the poor ; questions abound in wineland mining debate ; concern over ratepayers putting money into trust accounts rather than municipalities ; Cape Town Municipality in trouble over demolition of religious structures ; uMsunduzi Municipality under administration, mayor and municipal manager stripped of powers ; report on 'spygate' tapes being finalised ; ministers who decline to appear before Scopa could face criminal charges ; President declares his financial assets ten months late ; police to switch to military ranks on 1 April ; SAPS legal head suspended ; rural safety under scrutiny ; SARS confiscates Mpisane cars ; use of Drager breathalysers suspended at least in Gauteng ; illegally converted taxis have six months to be fixed ; country watches as fatal drag racing accident goes to court ; environmental impact assessment report recommends N2 toll-road through Wild Coast should go ahead despite opposition from Premier and others ; copy of Freedom Charter to be auctioned ; tributes to Fatima Meer ; Winnie critical of Mandela in alleged newspaper interview ; Malema's tirade at University of Johannesburg leads to numerous charges and complaints ; race row brews over burial in Swellendam cemetry
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Vacancies
Attorney seeks a position ; three potential Candidate Attorneys ; two administrative positions sought
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Marketplace
The Survivor's Guide for Candidate Attorneys
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