Assault

Assault

What is assault and what should you do if you are assaulted? The very word “assault” understandably sparks fear and alarm in many people. Although assault can be verbal, we most often associate assault with a physical act. In South African law, assault is a criminal offence defined as the unlawful or intentional application of […]

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Changes to your will

Last Will and Testament

What happens if the terms of your will change? We recently wrote about the risks associated with intestacy. If you die intestate – without a will – your estate is subject to the provisions of the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987, which we outlined in the article mentioned. A client asked us what would […]

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Contract disputes

Contract Dispute

When promises in contracts fall short: a legal perspective A contract dispute is a conflict or disagreement between parties. Disputes occur when there are differing views or claims regarding the terms, obligations, or rights outlined in the contract. Some of the most common causes of disputes include ambiguity in the terms used – vague or […]

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Intestacy

Intestacy

What happens when you die without a will? Death is not something we like to contemplate, but it will come to us all. Benjamin Franklin is credited with the saying, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” None of us knows the hour of our death, and most would say that’s a good thing, but […]

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Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual Harassment

What is the Code and what does it mean for employers and employees? Have you or has someone you know been sexually harassed at work? The likelihood is significant: approximately 30% of women had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a 2019 survey by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). The Labour […]

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Domestic workers’ rights

Domestic worker

Compensation for work-related injuries There are 869,000 domestic workers in South Africa, comprising 5.2% of the population, as at the end of March, 2024. Many of us rely on domestic workers to relieve us of the burden of cleaning our own homes, looking after our children, and perhaps cooking our meals. For many workers, women […]

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Unfairly dismissed?

Unfair dismissal SA

The law is very clear on when dismissal is considered unfair. What can you do about it? South Africa’s Labour Relations Act (LRA), like all of our legislation post-1994, aims to protect the rights of all parties, ensuring no discrimination or bias and maintaining a balance of power between stakeholders. Workers’ dignity and rights, so […]

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Land Court Act

Land Court Act

After many revisions, the Land Court Act is finally enacted The Land Court Bill has been occupying legislators for some time now. Last year, it was finally enacted and became the Land Court Act No. 6 of 2023. The Land Court Act is an attempt to right some of the wrongs of the past, and […]

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Application to compel

Application to compel

What is an application to compel and when would you use one? Are you going through a hostile divorce and your spouse’s attorneys are not being completely transparent in the discovery phase? Do you think your employment has been wrongfully terminated but your employer is withholding documents you need to make your case? In these…and […]

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I’ve been subpoenaed – what now?

Subpoena

Understanding the subpoena process in South African law Have you been summonsed to appear in court (subpoenaed) and give evidence in a trial? If so, you may be frightened, or at least a bit anxious. As lawyers, we attend court all the time. It’s a familiar environment for us. But we know that for the […]

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Trust me, I’m a police officer

Police scammers

How to recognise police impersonation scams and what to do about them Dressing up as a police officer has long been an act for male strippers. It’s a bit of fun and no one would mistake them for real law enforcement officers. But impersonating a police officer for financial gain is a serious issue. Extortion […]

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