Inmates at Johannesburg’s “Sun City” prison say officials have stonewalled their attempts to open a fraud case against staff members for cheating them out of profits from the prison canteens. By Ciaran Ryan for GROUNDUP.
The Gupta brother who may or may not be a fugitive from justice in South Africa has provided the Zondo State Capture inquiry with a six-page statement in which he categorically denies having met former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, in October 2015 – or at any time before or after that.
(ANOTHER) DAY IN COURT: Zuma’s lawyers argue their client’s victimhood in court once again, this time over his own legal costs
South Africa’s greatest gift to lawyers, former president Jacob Zuma, is the applicant in yet another court matter this week. On Thursday, Zuma won the right for his lawyers to argue that he should be allowed to appeal the 2017 ruling ordering him to pay the legal costs of challenging the recommendations contained in former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report. The Zuma portrayed by his lawyers in court remains a perpetual victim.
The Constitutional Court ruling on the private use of dagga is likely to impact on the performance record of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). This ruling has immediate effect which means the state is now barred from arresting or convicting anyone for mere possession of dagga in circumstances which suggest private use. How will this impact on the number of convictions? More importantly, could it herald a much-needed change of focus?
Instead of wholesale deference to government diktat and control, South Africans should try to find a way to ensure the quality of private medical care is extended to the indigent, argue Chris Hattingh and Martin van Staden.