June 6, 2022

What if I am accused of a crime? Do I have to prove my innocence?

We have all seen the courtroom dramas where the accused are charged with criminal offences, and the State has to prove its case. Similarly, we are […]
May 4, 2021

Defamation: What are the requirements?

The Bill of Rights as contained in the South African Constitution protects human dignity. Defamation violates a person’s dignity, and more specifically his or her reputation or fama. It […]
December 14, 2020

What are the boundaries of private defence (self-defence)?

Private defence, which is commonly and more narrowly referred to as self-defence, is probably the first type of defence you will come across in your life, […]
July 13, 2020

South Africa’s New Zero-tolerance Drunk Driving Law

During March 2020, the South African Cabinet approved the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) for submission to Parliament. The Bill proposes amendments to the […]
May 13, 2020

Are Opinions Admissible in Court?

In general, the admissibility of evidence is dependent on whether the evidence is relevant to a fact in issue in the case.  In DPP v Kilbourne the court held that […]
February 7, 2020

A Brief Overview of Parole in South Africa

Bob Hewitt a former South African tennis star, has recently made headlines again after his failed bid to be released on parole. Hewitt was initially granted […]
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