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Category Archives: Criminal Law

SA Crimefighters Getting on the DNA Bandwagon

Reprinted from 2OceansVibe, by Tayla – 2021-11-05 A bill focused on making it easier to track and trace violent offenders in South Africa is up for processing. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill of 2021 was just approved for processing in … Continue reading

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5 Tips To Prevent Car Break-Ins

People in Cape Town often feel safer than their compatriots in Joburg, when it comes to the risk of being a victim of crime. However, Capetonians still battle with car break-ins. Stop your car from becoming a break-in statistic Put … Continue reading

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DENOSA VOWS TO LAY CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST TAINTED COMPANIES IN SIU’S PPE PROBE

On Friday the SIU revealed that more than R30 billion was spent by the state between April and November 2020, and over R13 billion has been deemed irregular. JOHANNESBURG – The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) said it … Continue reading

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Refused bail? Why?

Refused bail in South Africa

Some of the grounds on which bail can be refused Arrest is a scary business. Even when someone does something they know to be illegal, they don’t expect to be arrested. Every criminal hopes to get away with the crime. … Continue reading

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High Court dismisses Brendin Horner murder accused’s bail bid

Reprinted from The Sowetan, by Linda Kea Moreotsene – 2020-12-19 Sekwetja Mahlamba (L) had brought an application to overturn the decision by Magistrate Deon van Rooyen to deny him bail in October, to the high court. Image: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/ SOWETAN   … Continue reading

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Expungement of a criminal record – what is it?

Start fresh Anyone with a criminal record faces considerable obstacles in getting a job. This is the case even for minor offences, especially now that COVID-19 has hit the job market hard. However, if the conviction is 10 years old … Continue reading

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Cannabis possession – can you be extradited?

The Constitutional Court decriminalised the possession and cultivation of dagga (cannabis) in private in September 2018. However, South Africans must not think they are immune to the laws of other countries. Although we haven’t been doing much travelling this year, when the various COVID-19 … Continue reading

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Dutch war criminal Guus Kouwenhoven’s bid to evade justice throws up legal puzzles

Reprinted from the Daily Maverick, by Caryn Dolley – 2020-12-01  Dutch war criminal Guus van Kouwenhoven. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Nic Bothma) Guus Kouwenhoven, a Dutch war criminal convicted in the Netherlands of arms trafficking, has been based in South Africa … Continue reading

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Harsh sentence for a minor crime

We came across an interesting case recently where the punishment most definitely did not fit the crime. A petty criminal received an unduly harsh sentence. Furthermore, there were minor children involved who might have been left without their caregiver if … Continue reading

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