Police are preying on immigrants, say human rights organisations

Immigrants are not reporting crimes or seeking assistance from law enforcement as they fear extortion or deportation 2 December 2022 | By Kimberly Mutandiro Organisations working with immigrants say they have had numerous complaints of police extorting bribes and stealing from African immigrants. They say undocumented immigrants are too afraid to report such crimes; they are even too afraid to report any crime. ...

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Can I claim from an intestate estate if I am not the next of kin but the owner said everything should go to me?

The short answer Unfortunately, if the deceased has living siblings, you will not inherit. The whole question Dear Athalie My girlfriend, our child and I have been evicted from my late aunt's house by her younger sister who claims that the house belongs to her and her remaining siblings. But my aunt told us that when she passed everything she owned must go...

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Online petition on evicting domestic abusers got court ruling wrong

Judges emphasise that procedural fairness must be upheld By Tania Broughton A magistrate ruled that a husband accused of abuse by his wife must leave the family home. The Western Cape High Court overturned the magistrate’s ruling. When evicting an alleged abuser in a case of domestic violence an informed assessment must be made and basic fairness applied, the judges ruled...

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Fight for release of report on alleged prison torture

Security company wants report to be redacted if it is to be released By Elna Schütz Judgment has been reserved in an application for access to a report investigating claims of torture at the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein. The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) made a request for the information to the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in 2014, following media...

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IPID scrambles to contain fall-out ahead of Parliament appearance

Watchdog to present annual report on Thursday following findings of statistical manipulation  By Daneel Knoetze The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) presents its annual report to Parliament on Thursday. The meeting will be overshadowed by revelations that IPID has a long track record of closing and completing cases prematurely to clear cases from the workload and inflate performance statistics. This week, following an exposé by...

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Copyright bill will make cost of studying cheaper

But bill has been waiting for the president to sign it into law since at least April By Linda Daniels Aphiwe Nomandla is a second year computer science student at the University of the Western Cape. To date, the cost of prescribed textbooks for his course ranged from R799 to R3,985. He said most students could not afford to buy the required...

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Khayelitsha lacks a proper sexual offences court

Survivors of rape need better support within the criminal justice system, say civil society organisations By Mary-Anne Gontsana “We need a sexual offences court in Khayelitsha immediately,” Nombulelo Sithilanga of Thuthuzela Care Centre told a panel discussion at the Isivivana Centre last month. According to Crime Stats SA, 444 sexual offences cases, including 367 cases of rape, were opened at the three main...

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Land occupiers apply for interdict against Ekurhuleni metro police

“The court will see who is lying and who is telling the truth” By Zoë Postman Land occupiers from Tswelopele Extension 8 in Tembisa, East of Johannesburg, are applying for an interdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to prevent the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) from evicting them. The 118 households want their demolished homes rebuilt and to be compensated...

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State drops sloppy attempt at ‘SLAPP’ suit

Charges dropped against prominent public interest lawyer Richard Spoor By John Yeld Charges against prominent public interest lawyer Richard Spoor have been withdrawn. Spoor was charged with unlawfully and intentionally assaulting a police general “by pointing him with a finger”; disobeying an order by the police general to “keep quiet and not advance to the podium”; and “waiving hands” at an unnamed MEC (actually a...

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PRASA officials implicated in corruption asked to make court submissions

Court rules that a trial isn’t needed, but Lucky Montana and others must have an opportunity to give their side By Zoë Postman The case between Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Siyangena Technologies will not be referred to trial. But the PRASA officials accused of corruption in PRASA’s founding affidavit will be allowed to submit affidavits to the court...

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