Landmark Judgments of South Africa

Landmark Judgments

Access the landmark judgments of South Africa immediately. On the page below are the judgments that we believe break new ground or contribute significantly to the development of the understanding and appreciation of the law.  These are the landmark judgments in the topics that we monitor and are listed in chronological order. We use our years of knowledge and experience to pick out those judgments that we believe are landmark judgments. Every interested person should have at least read our understanding of these landmark judgments.

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Quantifying back-pay: Material mistake

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Bringing constitutional challenge: Specificity and clarity

Minister of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs v De Beer Bringing constitutional challenge considered by SCA and in allowing the appeal it was stated in para [116] 'The constitutional challenge made to the regulations was too diffuse and inadequately...

Criminal civil contempt: Unsuspended committal & costs

State Capture Judicial Commission v Zuma Criminal civil contempt proceedings and by a majority the constitutional court found that the Commission had not followed an improper or unconstitutional process and declared in para [118] 'In sum, it is trite that our law...

Compensating procedural unfairness: Discretionary award

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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 postulated by Innes CJ and affirmed in Densam...

Discriminatory bequest unlawful: Constitution s39(2) interpreted

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Privacy rights confirmed: Surveillance and interception?

AmaBhungane CIJ NPC v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Privacy rights confirmed by constitutional court and pointed out that state agencies are empowered to “gather, correlate, evaluate and analyse” intelligence and perform other functions such as...

Unlawful agreement concluded: Invalid and not binding

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Advocate readmission refused: Standing of legal bodies

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Concurrent jurisdiction considered: Unlawful employment termination?

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