Legal Articles and Guides
Don’t blame the Constitution for allowing Stalingrad tactics – blatantly employed by for President Jacob Zuma, but by others as well – to cause unreasonable delays in criminal trials.
Jailed former President Jacob Zuma has won a short-term legal victory, giving him three weeks until his next appearance in his arms deal criminal trial, according to a Business Day report.
Two weeks ago, the Constitutional Court handed down judgment in two cases with high political stakes.
Jacob Zuma will argue for a postponement of his corruption trial when it resumes in virtual mode before the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) this morning.
After a 12-year battle, Clara Phillips (84) and her disabled son have been vindicated by the SCA that ruled against their eviction from a Somerset West property.
Unprincipled lawyers and others who speak on behalf of Jacob Zuma are comfortable to weaponise gender, race, ethnicity, and poor legal argument in defence of the indefensible.
Against the backdrop of widespread violence and looting in KZN and Gauteng, Dali Mpofu SC argued that the former President Jacob Zuma should be released from jail – which chimes with what the protesters want – while the Constitutional Court, which reserved judgment on his rescission application yesterday, reaches its decision.
Having taken a trouncing in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritburg) on Friday when his application to stay his arrest was dismissed with costs, Jacob Zuma’s legal team turns its attention to the Constitutional Court today, which will adjudicate on his application to reverse or ‘rescind’ its judgment that held him in contempt of court and sentenced him to 15 months in prison.
Having stretched his resistance to his incarceration to the limit on Wednesday night, former President Jacob Zuma is considering seeking to secure his release while the Constitutional Court decides on his application for a rescission of its ruling that he was guilty of contempt for defying its orders to appear before the State Capture Inquiry.
Like Humpty Dumpty, once the rule of law is broken by a general perception that court orders do not have to be obeyed, it cannot be put back together in precisely the same way it was.
Although the pivotal issue is the court’s jurisdiction to stay the Constitutional Court’s order that President Jacob Zuma be jailed for contempt of court, Zuma’s counsel resorted to appealing to Judge Bhekisisa Mnguni to view with sympathy the plea of ‘a penniless, old man with health issues’ when the matter played out in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) yesterday.
Using the vehicle of the Jacob Zuma Foundation, the former President has launched another stunning attack on the Constitutional Court, which on Tuesday sentenced him to 15 months in jail for defying an order to testify at the State Capture Inquiry.
The government is due present the national cannabis master plan to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on Wednesday, almost three years after the Constitutional Court decriminalised the use of the plant.
A sperm donor has failed in his bid to have contact with the child he ‘fathered’. This is the effect of a ruling by Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) Judge Jody Kollapen in an unusual battle in which the donor and his mother sought visitation rights for the now five-year-old child.
Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza says she has ‘taken it to heart’ that she and others who have held the ministerial position ‘should have done more’ to exercise oversight of the Ingonyama Trust and its board.