Quote of the week

The unhappy fact that it is journalists, investigating organs of state and officialdom and the political class and their involvement in corrupt practices to loot the State’s resources, who, by so doing, attract the attention of powerful and influential persons who are capable of suborning the apparatus of the State to smell out their adversaries, cannot be ignored. The examples of abuse of the system have been addressed elsewhere in this judgment. Moreover, the respondents’ perspectives assume that the designated judge is not lied to and is diligent… In my view, in the absence of a rebuttal, this example illustrates a grave vulnerability in RJCA that such an apparent abuse could occur. The common cause examples of blatant lies being told to the designated judge further exacerbates the vulnerability of the system.

Sutherland J
Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others
1 March 2013

Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition for Law students

In commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition, Juta has increased the total value of the prizes to R70 000. The competition, organised by the SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC), in partnership with Juta, is open to all LLB and LLM students registered at a SA university in the 2013 academic year. Each of the winners in the LLB and the LLM categories will receive an Incredible Connection or book voucher to the value of R20 000; or a one year subscription to Juta’s South African Law Reports from 1947 to date. The runners-up for both categories will each receive an Incredible Connection or book voucher to the value of R10 000 or one year subscription to Juta’s Statutes and Regulations of SA. E

ssays can be on any topic relating to the modernisation, improvement, development, or reform of any aspect, area or branch of SA law.

Entries must be submitted by 30 September, and will be judged by a panel appointed by the SALRC. For more information, contact the SALRC on (012) 392-9558 or emailjjoni@justice.gov.za 

Full report on the Legalbrief Today site

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