Category: Roman Dutch law principles

Publishing defamatory statements: Unlawfulness?

Malema v Rawula In considering publishing defamatory statements the SCA disallowed the appeal from the high court and confirmed that an interdict must always be directed at future conduct and if there is no risk of future...

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Publishing defamatory statements: Truth and public interest

Malema v Rawula In considering publishing defamatory statements the SCA disallowed the appeal from the high court and confirmed that an interdict must always be directed at future conduct and if there is no risk of future...

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Arbitration agreement disputed: Jurisdiction and powers?

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Interpreting contracts holistically: Text context purpose

University of Johannesburg v Auckland Park Theological Seminary In confirming that the process of interpreting contracts must be done holistically the constitutional court repeated that ‘the inquiry into delectus personae...

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Repudiating insurance contract: Death not covered

Discovery Life Ltd v Hogan Cancelling debit order to pay premium construed by SCA as repudiating insurance contract and insurer cancelled the cover and was no longer on risk and held that insurer was ‘oblivious to the fact...

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Returning cattle progeny: Cancellation of sale

Remhoogte CC v Jacob Durr Trust Considering returning cattle progeny a full bench of the high court decided that to allow a ‘mala fide possessor the right of retention, would in my view encourage abuse and self-help as it...

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Intoxicated senior management: Occupational accident?

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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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Discriminatory bequest unlawful: Constitution s39(2) interpreted

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Lodging appeal effect: Suspension of order?

Cotty v Registrar: Council for Medical Schemes High court confirmed that the effect at common law of lodging an appeal against a court order has the effect of suspending the operation of the decision appealed against but when...

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Project based work: No absolute right to work

Farinha v Boogertman and Partners In context of project based work and bumping at senior management and professional management level the labour court mentioned  that the applicant may well have been similarly qualified and...

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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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