Category: Common Law

Occupier defined explained: Clash – ESTA and PIE

Droomer NO v Snyders Full bench considered the jurisdictional issues and the possible conflict and overlapping caused by the provisions of the PIE Act and ESTA and  respondents only qualified as ‘occupiers’ if their occupation...

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Case management directions: Postponement separation and discovery

Investec Bank Ltd v O’Shea NO High Court discussed case management directions  and stressed that a ruling in terms of Uniform Rule 33(4) should be made by the judge and the legal representatives concerned only after very...

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Expert evidence considered: Requirements and duties

A M v MEC Health, Western Cape Importantly the SCA has provided guidance and considered expert evidence and stressed that since 1963, when Rule 36(9) was changed,  there have been changes in how lawyers prepare expert summaries...

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Textbook evidence considered: Requirements not met

Van der Walt v State Textbook evidence considered and decided that the applicant was ambushed by the late pronouncement on the admissibility of exhibits and rejected the argument that the evidence elicited through...

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Reflective loss wrongfulness: Pure economic loss

Hlumisa Investment Holdings (RF) Ltd v Kirkinis Reflective loss and wrongfulness considered in great detail by the SCA and confirmed the underlying principles that a company has a distinct legal personality and holding shares...

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Negative obligation imposed: Right to basic education

AB v Pridwin Preparatory School Negative obligation imposed and new rule developing the common law under section 8(3)(a) of the Constitution, that was non-existent  under the common law or in terms of any prior legislation, by...

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Public policy grounds: Contract – Froneman J dissent

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Sexual orientation discrimination: Unlawful labour practice

Bostock v. Clayton County Whilst the doctrine of ’employment at will’ ( see also ‘just because’) prevails in the USA (and in some parts of Canada) it is an unlawful labour practice in terms of the Civil...

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Establishing court jurisdiction: Registered office or principal place?

Mfwethu Investments CC v Citiq Meter Solutions (Pty) Ltd Establishing court jurisdiction requires proof that registered office falls within area after gathering information registered with the CIPC, rather than trying to prove...

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Age discrimination proved: Twin causes of action

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Reciprocal contractual obligations: Duty to disclose transfer?

Maoke v Telkom (Soc) Ltd (CPIC) Reciprocal contractual obligations of trust and confidence arise impliedly and have been accepted by the SCA as part of our law and in this matter the claim should have alleged that Telkom...

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Characterise dispute correctly: Different causes of action

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