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Category Archive: Legal news

Climate campaigners take South Africa to court over coal policy

Civil society organisations’ lawsuit argues the country’s energy policy is incompatible with the constitution The recent upsurge in load shedding is proof – if proof were needed – of South Africa’s shortage of electricity generating capacity. One breakdown anywhere in the fragile system and the lights go off. So the need for additional power stations […]

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Court rules in favour of consumer in credit case

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A temporary lapse in making payments does not justify repossessing a vehicle A recent judgment in the Western Cape High Court brings the values of our Constitution to the realm of consumer credit agreements. The law, and constitutional law in particular, can seem lofty and dense at times. The provisions of the Bill of Rights […]

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Cape Town passes unlawful occupations by-law, despite protest

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Reprinted from Moneyweb, by Liezl Human (GroundUp) – 2021-10-01 Housing activist groups have condemned the Unlawful Occupations By-law which was passed by the City of Cape Town on Wednesday, saying that it will criminalise people in need of housing and those living in shacks. An amended Streets, Public Places and Prevention of Noise Nuisances By-law […]

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Heterosexual life partners can now inherit from each other

Western Cape High Court File picture: Africa News Agency (ANA) Reprinted from the Cape Times, by Chevon Booysen – 2020-10-01 Cape Town – Heterosexual life partners are now eligible to inherit from each other after the Western Cape High Court ruled that a section in the Intestate Succession Act (ISA) is unconstitutional and invalid. The […]

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Cape Town to increase police powers – including new ‘search and seize’ law

Another set of amendments to Cape Town’s by-laws has caused a public outcry this week – here’s how the city plans to beef-up police powers. Source: TheSouthAfrican Image via: Brenton Geach / Gallo The City of Cape Town has copped some heat this week, after a set of draft by-laws were opened up to the […]

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