The Constitutional Court has ruled that a man who spent five years in jail because of an administrative error may sue the minister of justice for unlawful arrest. Chief Justice Pius Langa, delivering the unanimous ruling this week, noted that the Grahamstown High Court in 1999 forgot to issue a warrant for Jonathan Zealand's release.
A legal battle for the site of the Nelspruit 2010 World Cup stadium will unfold in the Land Claims Court after a family lodged an application saying the land is rightfully theirs. The Nkosi family will ask the court to review a 2003 government decision to award 6 000ha of land, which includes the site of the Mbombela Stadium, to the Mdluli clan.
African National Congress treasurer general Mathews Phosa has called for an improvement in the country's black economic empowerment (BEE) policy and urged the legal profession to consider whether the current BEE "framework" is "functional" and whether it is assisting emerging black entrepreneur.
Schabir Shaik, the convicted former financial adviser to ANC president Jacob Zuma, will tell the Constitutional Court that there is no direct connection between his corrupt relationship with Zuma and tens of millions of rands' worth of his assets. Next week Shaik and his companies will attempt to convince the court to reverse an earlier judgement by the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Despite the Scorpionsâ€™ imminent incorporation into the South African Police Service, the 2008/09 budget of the Justice and Constitutional Development Department makes provision for spending R429-million on the crime fighting unit this year. That is 15% more than last yearâ€™s budget of R373-million.
An unexpected conclusion of the nuclear trial in the Pretoria High Court this week has spared the South African government from having to air its nuclear secrets and perhaps embarrass a foreign ally. Daniel Geiges, a Swiss-born and naturalised South African, pleaded guilty to breaking nuclear non-proliferation laws and reached a suspended sentence agreement with the National Prosecuting Authority.
The British high commission has confirmed that it is reviewing the relaxed visa requirements it shares with South Africa. It says that the British government took the decision out of concern that it is too easy to acquire South African travel documentation illicitly. The British are considering compelling South African citizens to apply for visas in advance.