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President Cyril Ramaphosa has strongly defended the judiciary, saying attacks against it should not be taken lightly as they shake the foundation of SA’s constitutional democracy.
SA’s legal practitioners, already disgruntled with alleged corruption at the country’s 15 Master’s Offices, say the disarray in winding up deceased estates – worsened by Covid-19 deaths – risks taking them out of the R30bn sector.
‘The transformation of a united and racism-free SA has been spearheaded by the legal profession, yet it is ironic that the legal profession itself seems to be some light years away from transformation.’
DA MP Haniff Hoosen, who laid the initial complaint against former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba with the Public Protector’s Office in November 2017, is dismayed that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane cleared Gigaba of any abuse of power in the Guptas’ naturalisation process.
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has expressed dismay at former President Jacob Zuma's ‘behaviour’ regarding the State Capture Inquiry, labelling it as ‘shocking’ and inexcusable.
Acting Judge Bayethe Maswazi has referred East London firm of attorneys Conlon Law to the Legal Practice Council (LPC) to investigate the firm’s ‘rather curious’ relationship with estate agency Conlon Prop.
The SCA has lambasted a KZN judge for taking four years to deliver a judgment involving a civil claim for damages emanating from a strike. According to a report in The Citizen, in the ruling, penned by acting Judge Glenn Goosen (with four judges concurring), the court said this was ‘an unconscionable dereliction of duty’.
Cape Town’s Ombudsman has been accused of being ineffective in dealing with the many complaints that have landed on his desk. According to the city, during the third quarter of the year from July to September more than 301 complaints were received.
Retired Constitutional Court Justice Bess Nkabinde remained resolute under cross-examination yesterday about Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe trying to influence her on cases relating to the prosecution of former President Jacob Zuma.
The Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped the wheels of social justice from turning for the vulnerable in Cape Town.
Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has described the 12-year delay in dealing with the complaint against Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe as unacceptable, notes a report in The Sunday Independent.
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe will next week face an inquiry into his fitness to be a judge – 12 years after he allegedly tried to influence two Constitutional Court justices to rule in favour of then ANC president Jacob Zuma.
The double jeopardy rule was the focus of arguments at a virtual sitting of the Western Cape High Court yesterday when the state said if a Dutch arms trafficker is not extradited from SA to the Netherlands where he was previously convicted of war crimes relating to Liberia he could be off the hook in SA.
Civil activist group, the SA First Forum, has asked the Legal Practice Council and the Johannesburg Society of Advocates to investigate the conduct of former President Jacob Zuma’s legal team after his recent, unsanctioned walkout at the State Capture Commission.
A magistrate has taken a tongue-lashing from a judge after she ordered a lawyer to be locked up when the lawyer, who had been in court to defend her client, refused the magistrate's instructions to represent another man being sentenced for assault.