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#BizTrends2018: Cases to watch
#BizTrends2018: Cases to watch

Crime, cartels, corruption, fraud, defaults, divorce... Say what we may about pitiful employment figures, there's no shortage of work for South African courts. Here are a few cases that may pique the public interest this year...

By Shan Radcliffe 31 Jan 2018

Weed has been legalised? No, not quite...
Weed has been legalised? No, not quite...

When I saw the headlines on Friday stating the Western Cape High Court had declared the use of marijuana at home legal, I believed someone had shot off an early April Fool's joke...

By Shan Radcliffe 31 Mar 2017

[Case files] A curious case of arson
[Case files] A curious case of arson

There is nothing more frustrating for an insurer than having a suspicion of insurance fraud, but not having sufficient evidence to prove it...

By Sharon Snell 13 May 2016

Criminal sanctions for cartels
Criminal sanctions for cartels

As of 1 May 2016, the Competition Amendment Act (2009) comes into effect and one of its provisions makes cartel conduct a criminal offence...

By Albert Aukema 26 Apr 2016

Who should run the courts?
Who should run the courts?

Lady Justice is supposed to be blind, but the wheels of justice still need to turn smoothly and she still needs to pay the bills...

By Nicci Botha 2 Nov 2015

SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS
SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS

The basic principle of VAT is that a vendor must account to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for output tax on taxable supplies made after deducting any input tax incurred by him...

By Graeme Palmer 9 Mar 2015

Botswana passes legislation to combat terrorism
Botswana passes legislation to combat terrorism

The government of the Republic of Botswana has seen it fit to pass legislation which will provide measures to prevent and combat terrorism, provide for offences, including financing of terrorism...

By Thabiso T. Tafila 28 Jan 2015

Blade Nzimande wants stronger action to be taken to curb what he views as racist comments and hate speech on online media. (Image: GCIS)
Confronting racism on the internet: A response to Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education and Communist Party chief Blade Nzimande is right to be concerned about hate speech and racism on the internet - but what is to be done about it?

By Anton Harber 8 Jan 2015

Anton Harber
MPs more free in the street than in Parliament

I can stand in the street and call someone a thief. I can even call the president a thief. But I can't do it in Parliament. Something is topsy-turvy here...

By Anton Harber 21 Nov 2014

Grace Belger
Avoid lawyers and be human...

There is a lesson here for Cell C (and other companies, for that matter) in the Cell C banner debacle. When you are facing a reputational crisis, the worst reaction is to be defensive; run to the lawyers and advertise...

By Grace Belger 19 Nov 2014

Market for counterfeit goods in Africa on the rise
Market for counterfeit goods in Africa on the rise

As business environments improve, Africa's urbanisation and middle class are growing rapidly. Over the past decade, six out of the 10 fastest-growing economies worldwide were in sub-Saharan Africa.

By Lucy Signorelli 3 Nov 2014

Anton Harber
Pistorius trial tells us a lot about our society

We have seen one style of cross-examination at the Oscar Pistorius trial: the pit-bull approach. It is tough and brutal...

By Anton Harber 25 Apr 2014

Françoise Henderson
A cautionary taal - translation lessons from SA's interpreting failures

Consider again the extraordinary achievements of Thamsanqa Dyantyi, the world's worst sign-language interpreter.

By Françoise Henderson 11 Apr 2014

Anton Harber
Praise to the media, but much else can be done

At times such as these, I want to sing the praise of those elements of our news media that show courage and doggedness.

By Anton Harber 28 Mar 2014

Sid Peimer
Is this one way Oscar Pistorius will get off?

There are a number of high-profile trials, notably the OJ Simpson one, which captured the imagination of the world - only for the accused to evade punishment.

By Sid Peimer 19 Mar 2014

Anton Harber
Pistorius trial represents a turning point for the dailies

My university and I were lambasted by a colleague for stooping so low as to engage in the Oscar Pistorius trial media frenzy...

By Anton Harber 14 Mar 2014

Anton Harber
Open justice changes witnesses' lives forever

Just because they lived close to Oscar Pistorius and had the misfortune of hearing the events that led to his murder trial, the lives of witnesses were torn apart.

By Anton Harber 10 Mar 2014

Anton Harber
Pistorius' live trial sets excellent precedent

This week's decision by Judge Dunstan Mlambo to allow the broadcasting of the Oscar Pistorius trial was itself broadcast live - and provided a vivid demonstration of the value of letting cameras into courts.

By Anton Harber 28 Feb 2014

Warrant of arrest for Media Nova's Vaughan
Warrant of arrest for Media Nova's Vaughan

The Master of the High Court in Cape Town has authorised a warrant for the arrest of Anthony (Tony) Vaughan, director of Media Nova and various other publishing companies.

By Glenda Nevill 19 Feb 2014

The SABC: Rotting from the top
The SABC: Rotting from the top

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her report on the SABC yesterday. The report - 'When Governance and Ethics Fail' - paints a damning picture of abuse of power, mismanagement, waste and corruption, and outright dishonesty at the public broadcaster.

By Rod Baker 18 Feb 2014

It is exactly one year since Oscar Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp; he is scheduled to go on trial next month. Anton Harber says that while Pistorius will be in the dock, our justice system will also be on trial. (Image: Chris Eason, via Wikimedia Commons)
Media is the elephant in the Pistorius courtroom

If you were the judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial, would you allow cameras and cellphones into the courtroom?

By Anton Harber 14 Feb 2014

Enforceability of the Dangerous Weapons Act

The Dangerous Weapons Act 15 of 2013 ("the Act") was signed into law by President Jacob Zuma in July last year and came into force earlier this month. The Act prohibits the carrying of dangerous weapons such as pangas, metal pipes, kieries, rocks and spears at public protests and strikes.

By Nadia Mather 30 Jan 2014

Gauteng colour codes ads? With our money?
Gauteng colour codes ads? With our money?

NEWSWATCH: Gauteng's use of ANC colours in billboards and posters - supposedly to publicise the administration's work, but using ANC party colours - has raised questions, reports Mail & Guardian.

By Rod Baker 17 Jan 2014

'Killer' reporters out to clobber Krejcir?
'Killer' reporters out to clobber Krejcir?

NEWSWATCH: Police apparently fear that reporters with machine guns hidden in their cameras could pose a risk to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, reports Times Live, and Communications Minister Yunus Carrim says he has received the PP's report on the SABC, reports IOL.

By Rod Baker 26 Nov 2013

Media to cover Malema trial
Media to cover Malema trial

NEWSWATCH: First they couldn't, now they can - the media that is... can cover Julius Malema's trial on multiple charges, reports news24. BDLive reports the owner of Goldfields newspaper is to testify against Media24, and Google and Microsoft have agreed to measures to block images of child abuse, reports the BBC.

By Rod Baker 18 Nov 2013

SAPS threatens Independent with apartheid-era law
SAPS threatens Independent with apartheid-era law

NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian reports the South African Police Service has threatened Independent Newspapers because it wants the group to 'hand over material related to intercepted calls involving national police commissioner Riah Phiyega'. On the media front, Gill Moodie reports on Grubstreet that Caxtons is buying RamsayMedia.

By Rod Baker 4 Nov 2013

The great Muldergate ‘information scandal’ was a puny affair in moral and monetary terms compared with the Arms Deal. (Image: via Wikimedia Commons)
A golden age of investigative reporting, then and now

This is a golden age for investigative reporting in South Africa. In the Muldergate era there were two enduring themes, apartheid itself and the Info Scandal.

By Ed Herbst 1 Nov 2013

Rod Baker
Guptas go for gold: Sue papers

NEWSWATCH: ENCA (and Mail & Guardian - on the receiving end) report the Guptas are suing M&G and Sunday Times for R500m; meanwhile, a senior air force officer (suspended), says Zuma was involved in Guptagate, reports Mail & Guardian.

By Rod Baker 3 Oct 2013

Anton Ressel
The rise of the pre-tenders

The next generation of tenderpreneurs is waiting in the wings, and we should all be very worried.

By Anton Ressel 26 Sep 2013

Craig Assheton-Smith
Wiping out white collar crime

On Thursday, 22 August 2013, convicted criminal Ernst Coetzee was arrested on charges of fraud. Coetzee was one of the de facto directors of 1Mobile, which is currently undergoing an insolvency enquiry.

By Craig Assheton-Smith 5 Sep 2013

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