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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Dog owners beware: litigation bites too

Having a dog in your house brings not only enjoyment but also security for your home.  In South Africa, due to high crime rate, many if not most, have guard dogs such as Pitbull’s and Rottweiler’s, ensuring peacefully sleep for some.  Sadly, over the recent years there has been several dog attacks which has left […]

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Wat is ‘n Anton Piller-bevel?

Wat is ‘n Anton Piller-bevel? Gedurende die afgelope paar maande het ons in die media gelees dat daar beslaggelê is op dokumente en/of rekenaarskywe en ander eiendom van individue met die oog op verkryging van inligting wat nodig is in hoë profiel siviele aangeleenthede of ook kriminele aangeleenthede. Die reg van ‘n balju om, sonder […]

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