Category: Cause: delict

Defamatory statements penalised: Lawyer protected

Katz v Welz (Chaucer Publications) Defamatory statements made and published concerning a prominent attorney penalised in an action for damages which is one that seeks to protect the personal rights of persons, including the...

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Athlete spectator collision: Keep proper lookout

Salie v Western Province Athletics In resolving a claim by a spectator against an athlete involving a collision during a race the high court decided that knowing that a race was underway it could reasonably have been anticipated...

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Funds wrongfully misappropriated: Legal duty to third parties

FirstRand Bank Ltd v Spar Group Ltd SCA considered case where funds were wrongfully misappropriated and decided that although disbursements from the bank accounts by a customer were not a breach of fiduciary duty they were...

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Employment related injuries: Employer and vicarious liability

Churchill v Premier of Mpumalanga SCA in resolving work related injuries confirmed that ‘there is no bright line test and the enquiry is always whether the statutory requirement that the accident arose out of the...

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Bargaining council chairperson: No defence to defamation

Featherby v Zulu High court held that when defendant stated that the bargaining council chairperson was ‘going out of his way to protect the dishonest’ and that he resents those who do their work with honesty and integrity he...

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Trade mark confusion: Determining possible deception?

Swatch AG (Swatch SA) v Apple Inc SCA dealt with trade mark confusion and outlined the relevant considerations when comparing two marks to determine whether they are deceptively or confusingly similar and referred to...

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Delictual damages claim: Exception principles discussed

Fawu vs Umbhaha Estates (Pty) Ltd In considering delictual damages claim the high court detailed the protest action of Fawu comprehensively and in great detail in amended particulars of claim including dates when each action was...

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Faulty foundations constructed: Special resolution needed?

Central Developments Tshwane (Pty) Ltd v Body Corporate, Twee Riviere Aftree Oord In considering a special plea that the body corporate needed a special resolution to pursue a claim for faulty foundations that had been...

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Interdicting unlawful competition : False representations

Milestone Beverage CC v The Scotch Whisky Association The SCA in considering the issue of locus standi and whether interdicting unlawful competition was appropriate discussed the object of the legislature in enacting legislation...

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Dangerous nursery schools : Legal duties considered

MEC: Western Cape Department of Social Development v Esau Dangerous nursery schools and legal liability for injuries concerning regulation 30(4) but the same legal principles and policy issues governing wrongfulness were...

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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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