Legal Articles and Guides
The Minister of Justice & Correctional Services is being held vicariously liable for the damages suffered by a prison official who was attacked by a colleague’s three dogs.
A driver’s overtaking manoeuvre in June 2016 came under scrutiny in the Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha), where his damages claim failed so dismally that it was found devoid of merit.
Faced with the possibility of a trial, where witness evidence would be led, Julius Malema has dropped his R1m defamation claim against a former MP who claimed the EFF leader had confessed to getting money from the looted VBS bank.
In August 2008, while playing on a kindergarten swing, Janeca Esau (now 18) sustained a traumatic brain injury.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is weighing up its options after the Free State High Court (Bloemfontein) found against it in a matter involving disputes over a claim to a qualifying payee.
The Gauteng Health Department’s potential medical liability has increased as a result of a judgment that has awarded R1.1m damages to the mother of a girl (2) who died after complications suffered at a public hospital.
A woman who was apparently under the mistaken belief that her ex-husband had raped and attacked her, while he was in fact at a casino with a girlfriend, is liable to pay him damages for malicious prosecution and defamation.
The Eastern Cape Government wants a new approach to reparation for claims against the Health Department over staff negligence.
A box containing 1 000 aluminium milk trays weighing 9.08kg, which fell from a shelf and hit shopper Margaret Meyer (63) on her shoulders and neck in December 2014, could cost Plastilon Packaging, says a Cape Times report.
The Constitutional Court is to determine whether or not the police can be held liable for damages for sloppy investigations, particularly in cases of sexual and gender-based violence, notes legal writer Tania Broughton in a GroundUp report.
Hans Klopper, head of international accounting firm BDO’s business restructuring division, has withdrawn a defamation suit against an individual who endorsed a Facebook post related to his conduct as business rescue practitioner of the Highveld Syndication (HS) companies, notes a Moneyweb report.
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel wants the Constitutional Court to reinstate the R500 000 in defamation damages he won against the EFF – and says the SCA ruling that withdrew the payout and blocked the party from apologising to him will have a ‘devastating impact’.
The Medical Protection Society (MPS), which represents 30 000 healthcare professionals, has urged the government to introduce Covid-19 disaster legislation to protect healthcare professionals from legal challenges relating to life and death decisions they might have to make because of limited resources.
Lawyers and the Road Accident Fund (RAF) are at loggerheads over allegations that 180 000 claims remain unpaid, leaving victims in dire straits – a claim denied by the RAF, notes a Cape Argus report.
Lawyers facilitating road accident claims are furious after it emerged that a claimant was paid within 11 days while their clients have been awaiting payments for years.