Expired firearm licence update

CURRENT POSSITION In terms of the Firearm Control Act 60 of 2000, a firearm owner must apply for renewal of a firearm licence at least 90 days before it expires. This will also be applied to the current policy which dictates that once you applied for renewal of your firearm licence, this application will be […]

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Can organs of state be defamed?

Defamation is that part of our law which applies where a harmful statement made publicly with the intention to harm or damage someone’s good name and reputation.[1] Our law recognises that we all have the right to freedom of expression to vent our perspectives on certain issues.[2]  It is equally correct to also recognise that […]

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Who is liable for damages suffered on school premises?

Events at schools are an everyday occurrence. Think about games and practice sessions for sports, matric farewells or seasonal dances, fundraising events, choir concerts, etc. Whilst these events can be quite fun for scholars, accidents can easily occur, causing serious injury to someone attending an event at a school. This then raises the question with […]

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Medical Negligence

Will an unauthorized and unlawful medical procedure performed on me give rise to a medical negligence claim? You consulted your doctor or specialist, who told you that you would have to undergo a certain medical procedure. The nature, scope and risks associated with the envisaged operation were duly explained to you and you consented to […]

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The sad truth about the drowning of a minor

It’s a cold Cape Town winter’s morning in July. You and your three-year-old daughter are attending the weekly prayer group meeting at a friend’s house. Your husband is busy at work and you therefore arranged with a friend to go there with her. On arrival you greet everyone and start with the usual religious activities. […]

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Dog owners beware: litigation bites too!

Having a dog in your house not only brings enjoyment but also security to your home.  In South Africa, due to high crime rates, many, if not most, have guard dogs such as Pitbull’s and Rottweilers.  Sadly, there have been several dog attacks in recent years, which have left victims in critical condition. Some attacks have also […]

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