Category: Landmark judgments

Emotional shock principles: Amicus curiae application

R K v Minister of Basic Education Emotional shock principles considered in great detail by the SCA and stressed the importance of a detectable psychiatric injury as being the foundation for such claims. “It is clear from...

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Legal advice privilege: Disclosure and waiver

Contango Trading SA v Central Energy Fund SOC Ltd Legal advice privilege considered and to the extent there was conduct that could objectively speaking be viewed as inconsistent with preserving in full the confidentiality of the...

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Hate speech examined: Pepuda and constitutionality

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Res judicata examined: Issue estoppel included

Ascendis Animal Health (Pty) Ltd v Merck Sharpe Dohme Corporation    Res judicata examined and Constitutional Court failed to achieve a majority decision which meant that the judgment of the high court was not overturned. ...

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Indigenous minority languages: Froneman J’s concurrence

Gelyke Kanse v University of Stellenbosch    Indigenous minority languages considered by the Constitutional Court and decided that it was “impossible to set aside or override its conclusion that it was not reasonably...

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Indigenous minority languages: Diminished use and status

Gelyke Kanse v University of Stellenbosch    Indigenous minority languages considered by the Constitutional Court and decided that it was “impossible to set aside or override its conclusion that it was not reasonably...

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Land reform considered: Special master appointed

Mwelase v DG: Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Land reform considered and the Land Claims Court directed itself properly and scrupulously to the facts before it which showed failing institutional functionality of...

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Personal indemnity exceeded: Bad faith accepted

Public Protector v SA Reserve Bank Personal indemnity exceeded and Constitutional Court confirmed that the Public Protector acted in bad faith and held that in any event, the ambit of the immunity afforded under section 5(3) is...

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Derivative misconduct analysed: Individual and collective

Numsa obo Nganezi v Dunlop Mixing and Technical Services (Pty) Ltd Derivative misconduct analysed and held that it would be wrong to rely on a duty to disclose as a valid and fair reason to dismiss employees rather than proving...

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