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Gupta-owned mines' rehabilitation funds case back in court

By: News24Wire      31st May 2018 An application by the trustees of the mining rehabilitation funds of two Gupta-owned companies, to reverse the attachment of about R1.7-billion by the National Director of Public Prosecutions, is expected be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday. The money was seized by... 

NPA applies for forfeiture order in McKinsey, Eskom matter

By: News24Wire      25th May 2018 The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it filed papers in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday in an application for a forfeiture order against global consultancy McKinsey. Fin24 reported earlier this year that Eskom approached the court in a bid to recover... 

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2018 The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects was voluntarily delayed... 

Solidarity still seeking payment for former Aurora employees from liquidators

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday raked up old grievances when it directed a letter to the joint liquidators of Aurora Empowerment Systems expressing its dissatisfaction with the delays in payment to its members and other former Aurora gold mineworkers. General secretary Gideon du Plessis noted... 

Public Protector report on ABSA bailout set aside 

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 The Public Protector's Bankorp-CIEX report, where ABSA was ordered to pay R1.125-billion, was set aside on Friday by the Pretoria High Court. The case had seen Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) face off in court. 

South Africa completes inquiry into Lily mine tragedy – Zwane

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 South Africa’s mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Monday that government had completed its inquiry into the tragedy of Lily mine and that the report would now be handed over to the Department of Mineral Resources. "The inquiry into the Lily Mine accident has been concluded, and a report will... 

I can start State capture inquiry as soon as Zuma gives me terms of reference – Judge Zondo

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2018 Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who will chair the commission of inquiry into allegations of State capture, says he is ready to get going, but still needs to receive the terms of reference from President Jacob Zuma. During a press briefing in Midrand on Tuesday, Justice Zondo told reporters... 

Gupta-linked company denies getting asset seizure order from NPA

By: News24Wire      17th January 2018 Gupta-linked companies Trillian and McKinsey have until Thursday to submit to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) a list of its assets to be frozen or seized. They were officially served with a preservation order to freeze assets worth R1.6-billion. 

Zuma 'lost on all fronts' – Outa

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 Civil rights body the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has welcomed Wednesday’s judgment in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria which found that President Jacob Zuma must fulfil the remedial actions of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s 2016 State of Capture report. The court... 

Ramaphosa must appoint new NPA head as court rules Abrahams must vacate office

By: News24Wire      8th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has two months to appoint a new head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) after the High Court in Pretoria declared the post vacant. In an unexpected turn, Judge Dunstan Mlambo has ruled that Advocate Shaun Abrahams, the National Director of Public... 

Sarb’s attack could cost Mkhwebane her job, PP counsel argues

By: News24Wire      6th December 2017 The South African Reserve Bank’s (Sarb) personal attack on Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s integrity could cost Mkhwebane her job, a court has heard. During the Bankorp-CIEX hearing which continued on Wednesday at the North Gauteng High Court, Mkhwebane’s legal counsel Paul Kennedy SC... 

Ramos hits back after Public Protector guns for ABSA

By: News24Wire      28th November 2017 ABSA CEO Maria Ramos said the bank will seek a punitive cost order if Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane continues to defend the Bankorp/CIEX report. This was revealed in ABSA’s responding affidavit in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday, which accused Mkhwebane of unlawful conduct in her... 

Hawks probing Brian Molefe's R30m pension payout claims

By: News24Wire      24th November 2017 Trade Union Solidarity announced on Thursday that it would launch legal proceedings to force former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to repay the "unlawful" R30-million pension payout he received. "Unlawful actions must bear consequences. An apology and even pay back [from Molefe], is not enough,"... 

Zuma will establish inquiry into State capture if instructed by the court

By: News24Wire      1st November 2017 President Jacob Zuma has placed on "record" that he will establish a commission of inquiry into State capture within a month if ordered by a court. It comes as Zuma is seeking an order by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to have former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial actions,... 

Chamber files for review of 'disastrous' Mining Charter

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines filed an application in the North Gauteng High court on Tuesday to have a judicial review and setting aside of the Mining Charter. According to the founding affidavit, the Charter released by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on June 15 had, and continues to have, a... 

CoM supports trade union’s nationwide march against corruption

By: African News Agency      27th September 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa (CoM) said on Wednesday that it would join Business Unity South Africa and Business Leadership South Africa in support of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) stance against State capture and corruption. Thousands of workers and civil society... 

Court freezes mine rehab billions from Gupta-owned mines

By: News24Wire      26th September 2017 Anti-corruption advocacy group the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday won an urgent interim interdict to freeze some R1.75-billion in mine rehabilitation funds from two Gupta-owned coal mines. The group’s urgent application was heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. In a... 

Zuma, DA to battle in SCA over spy tapes saga

By: News24Wire      14th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday face yet another legal hurdle in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) as he seeks leave to appeal the decision by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on the spy tapes saga. In 2016, a full bench of judges overturned the National Prosecuting Authority's... 

NUM to be friend of court in Chamber’s interdict against Mining Charter’s implementation 

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it will be approaching the North Gauteng High Court as an intervening party, or friend of the court, in the court interdict by the Chamber of Mines against the implementation of the 2017 Reviewed Mining Charter. The NUM said it... 

Gordhan declaratory relief application dismissed

By: News24Wire      18th August 2017 A court has ruled that former finance minister Pravin Gordhan's application seeking declaratory relief from having to intervene with the banks has been dismissed. Judge Aubrey Ledwaba read out the order at the North Gauteng High Court on Friday. 

Reserve Bank to proceed with court bid to review Public Protector’s report

By: News24Wire      11th July 2017 The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) on Tuesday said it will proceed with an application for the review of the Public Protector’s report into Bankorp regarding “evidential factual inaccuracies”. This follows the announcement by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane that she will not oppose the... 

Companies Tribunal to hear case on SAA chair Dudu Myeni 

By: News24Wire      19th June 2017 The Companies Tribunal is on Monday set to hold a hearing on whether Dudu Myeni acted in a delinquent manner in her capacity as director of the South African Airways (SAA) board. In March, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) and the South African Airways Pilots Association had initially... 

The legal designation of ecologically important areas

1st June 2017 During March 2017 the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa handed down a decision ensuring the continued environmental protection of the Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga (also known as the Barberton Greenstone Belt).   The court was tasked to decide if the ecologically important area enjoys... 

DA to file urgent interdict against Molefe’s reappointment

By: African News Agency      15th May 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday it would be filing for an urgent interdict at the North Gauteng High Court in a bid to stop Brian Molefe’s reappointment as Eskom chief executive. DA spokesperson for public enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, said that Molefe was not a “fit and proper”... 

Sassa deductions court ruling a blow to the poor

By: African News Agency      10th May 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described Tuesday’s ruling in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, which ordered that Net1 can continue making deductions from grant recipients’ bank accounts, as “a huge blow to the poor”. “… the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria saying that Net1 can... 

Zuma must provide reasons behind Cabinet reshuffle, judge rules 

By: News24Wire      4th May 2017 Judge Bashir Vally has ruled that President Jacob Zuma must hand over all records explaining the reason why he reshuffled the Cabinet. Sitting in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, and after listening to arguments, Vally said he would give reasons for the ruling next Tuesday. 

Gordhan flying back to SA tonight – Treasury

By: News24Wire      27th March 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will comply with President Jacob Zuma’s order and return to South Africa on Monday evening. That is according to Treasury spokesperson Yolisa Tyantsi, who told Fin24 on Monday that arrangements were being made to fly him back to South Africa later on Monday evening. 

Letsoalo denied request to join PRASA board's case

By: News24Wire      17th March 2017 Former PRASA group CEO Collins Letsoalo's request to join the urgent court case by PRASA's former board members was denied by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday. Judge Peter Mabuse said he was not persuaded by Letsoalo's case and refused his application. 

Outa, pilots association want SAA chair declared a ‘delinquent director’  

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the South African Airways Pilots Association (Saapa) have filed a court application seeking to declare South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni a “delinquent director”. Outa filed the application at the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday. 

Bridgestone counting the cost of production shutdown at its Brits factory

By: Anine Kilian     18th January 2017 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone may consider possible further legal action against the Madibeng municipality, in North West, after the municipality last week cut power supply to various factories, despite a court order preventing it from doing so. The tyre production facility, which employs more... 

Gordhan to act against municipalities which owe Eskom money 

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said National Treasury will act against municipalities which have failed to settle their debt to Eskom, Fin24’s sister publication Netwerk24 reported. In a letter to Democratic Alliance MP for the Free State David Ross, Gordhan raised his concern over Eskom’s... 

Guptas fail to sell SA companies by end of 2016 

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 The Guptas’ intention to dispose of their shares in all their South African businesses by the end of 2016 has not come to fruition, their family spokesperson confirmed this week. "The Gupta family remains committed to disposing of its shareholdings in South Africa as soon as is practically... 

Zuma behaved like a gangster, says Vavi

By: News24Wire      20th December 2016 The revelations that President Jacob Zuma conspired with Secret Service agencies to establish a rival trade union to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)in the platinum belt should be seen as the last straw, said former Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi. “If this is... 

NPA still collecting evidence against Gordhan

By: News24Wire      27th October 2016 Nine days after announcing that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan would be charged with fraud, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) issued a subpoena to the CEO of the Government Pensions Administration Agency to provide documents that explain the approval of requests for early retirement. This... 

Challenges facing South Africa’s labour market

30th September 2016 The challenges facing South Africa's labour market in 2016 have been evident in a number of recent judgments and in ongoing processes of engagement between social partners.  The introduction of a national minimum wage remains high on the policy agenda, but its relationship with job losses and job... 

Former transport minister in court for fraud, corruption

By: African News Agency      1st September 2016 Former Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele is expected to appear in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday, with five co-accused where he faces charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering. Ndebele is accused of accepting over R10-million in bribes related to the extension of a multi-billion... 

Civil society to challenge commission’s Arms Deal findings 

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th August 2016 Civil Society groups Corruption Watch (CW) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) announced on Thursday that they would challenge the findings of the Seriti Commission in the North Gauteng High Court in September. The commission, chaired by Judge Willie Seriti, was tasked with investigating widespread... 

Denel wins Gupta capture court challenge

By: African News Agency      28th July 2016 Denel on Wednesday said it felt vindicated from allegations of being co-opted by the Gupta family after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an urgent business rescue application made by LMT Holdings against the state-owned defence conglomerate. The application for business rescue... 

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