Administrative Law

“The world is disgracefully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.” – Ronald Firbank (1886 – 1926) A High Court order which evicted a number of men, women and children from a certain block of flats in Jeppe Street, Johannesburg which they unlawfully occupied, gave the City of Johannesburg six months to make suitable arrangements to provide them with temporary shelter. … Read More

Professional Negligence

“I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty; I woke, and found that life was Duty.” – Ellen Hooper (1816 – 1841) The Supreme Court of Appeal recently had to evaluate the conduct of the conveyancing attorney of a seller of immovable property. There had been certain errors and mistakes which resulted in a considerable delay for bonds to be cancelled, as … Read More

Social Networks

“It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you. ” – Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) In one of his last judgments in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg before being appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeal, Judge Nigel Willis considered the lawfulness … Read More

Animal Protection Act

“If we stop loving animals, aren’t we bound to stop loving humans too?” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918 – 2008) Carte Blanche recently aired a piece on the cruel treatment of circus animals. Protesters were seen outside Brian Boswell’s circus in Johannesburg after the show. A less public part of the campaign against performing circus animals played out in the North Gauteng … Read More

From the Courts: Municipal Law

“There is no debt with so much prejudice put off as that of justice.” – Plutarch (46 – 120 AD) Before the adoption of the interim Constitution, rural landowners were not required to pay municipal rates, as rural properties did not fall within the area of jurisdiction of municipalities. this position changed with the transition to democracy and the introduction of … Read More