For Michael Komape’s family, justice at last

The Supreme Court of Appeal awarded the family of the five-year-old almost R1.5 million for the “appalling and undignified death” Komape suffered by drowning in a pit latrine at school. By Tania Broughton The family of five-year-old Michael Komape has been awarded R1.4 million in damages for “psychiatric injuries” they suffered as a result of his “appalling and undignified death” when...

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Understanding the SCA’s freedom of expression judgment

“The legislature may well have wanted to regulate hate speech as broadly as possible, but it has not done so with the necessary precision” explains Judge Navsa  By Tania Broughton The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment in the Jon Qwelane case removes the concept of “hurt” from South Africa’s hate speech laws. It affirms freedom of expression. Espousing and fostering hatred is the antithesis...

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