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South Africa: Constitutionality of Extension of Chief Justice’s Tenure to Be Challenged

(June 17, 2011) Two South Africa-based rights groups are gearing up to challenge the legality of President Jacob Zuma's June 3, 2011, decision to unilaterally extend by five years the term of Sandile Ngcobo, Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court. Ngcobo's 12-year term is slated to expire on August 15, 2011. (Pierre De Vos, CASAC […]

South Africa: Proposal to Establish Healthcare Consumer Protection Agency

(Jan. 26, 2011) On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body — the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) — with the task of ensuring that healthcare providers around the country comply with […]

South Africa: Proposed Media Regulations Would Establish Appeals Tribunal on Media Stories

(Aug. 24, 2010) It was reported on August 11, 2010, that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) have proposed media regulations that would see the establishment of a Media Appeals Tribunal (MAT) to adjudicate complaints about media stories and make journalists legally accountable. (Zach Zagger, South Africa Journalists […]

South Africa: Government Introduces Bills to Keep Police Force Honest

(Aug. 18, 2010) It was reported on August 4, 2010, that Nathi Mthethwa, the Minister of Police of South Africa, recently introduced two bills, on the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD, whose name will change to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)) and on the Civilian Secretariat for Police, to the South African Parliament for floor […]

South Africa: Requirements for Energy Efficiency in New Buildings Proposed

(June 16, 2010) On June 11, 2010, Dr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry of South Africa, published for public comment a proposed sub-regulation to the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act to make new buildings energy efficient. (Siseko Njobeni, New Buildings Must Follow Energy Laws, BUSINESSDAY (June 15, 2010), The proposed […]

South Africa: Constitutionality of Road Accident Fund Act Provision Challenged

(May 10, 2010) It was reported on May 7, 2010, that the constitutionality of a provision of the Road Accident Fund Act on the statutory limitation period for making claims against the Fund is being challenged before South Africa's Constitutional Court. (Ernest Mabuza, Three-Year Accident Claim Limit to Come Under Scrutiny in Constitutional Court Hearing, […]

South Africa: Child Justice Act Takes Effect

(Apr. 14, 2010) South Africa's Child Justice Act, 2008, legislation seeking to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility and to establish a process separate from what is prescribed by the regular criminal justice system for dealing with child offenders, took effect on April 1, 2010. (Franny Rabkin, “Sensitive” Law Tries to Keep Kids Out […]

South Africa: Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Proposed

(Mar. 29, 2010) It was reported on March 18, 2010, that the South African Department of Justice recently put before the South African Parliament the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill. (Sarah Hudleston, Tabling of Human Trafficking Bill 'Not Prompted by World Cup,' BUSINESS DAY, Mar. 18, 2010, available at Although South […]

South Africa: Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act of 2008 to Be Implemented

(Feb. 19, 2010) It was reported on February 18, 2010, that the 2008 Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act of South Africa, is to take effect on March 1 of this year. (Bheki Mpofu, Mining Royalties Law Takes Effect on March 1, BUSINESSDAY, Feb. 18, 2010, available at The Act was enacted on November […]

South Africa: New “Stalking” Bill Criticized as Potential Danger to Freedom of Expression

(Oct. 30, 2009) It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the South African Cabinet approved and is gearing up to propose to parliament the Protection of Harassment Bill, which, if passed, will protect those individual victims of stalking who are not protected under the Domestic Violence Act. (Chantelle Benjamin, New 'Stalking' Bill Worries Media, […]