Corruption Watch NPC v President of the Republic of South Africa

Posted on 13 August 2018

The judgment, delivered on 13 August 2018, is available for download here: Judgment – CCT 333-17 Corruption Watch NPC v President of the Republic o….

Former President Zuma, NDPP Shaun Abrahams and the National Prosecuting Authority sought leave to appeal against the High Court’s order declaring the agreement between Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Mr Nxasana and the payment of a settlement amount of R17.3 million which resulted in the termination of Mr Nxasana’s term of office as NDPP invalid, as well as declaring the appointment of Mr Abrahams invalid.

The former President appealed against the High Court’s order directing the Deputy President to appoint a new NDPP while Mr Abrahams and the NPA appeal against the setting aside of Mr Abrahams’ appointment.  In a separate application which was heard together with the confirmation proceedings, Mr Nxasana seeks leave to appeal against the High Court’s refusal of condonation.  Corruption Watch and Freedom Under Law seek the reinstatement of Mr Nxasana.

The majority of the Constitutional Court found that the agreement that terminated Mr Nxasana’s term as NDPP was invalid and so was the appointment of Mr Abrahams. The majority found that the President must now appoint a new NDPP, whilst the minority would have found that Mr Nxasana should have resumed in the position.

Land Access Movement of South Africa and Others v Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and Others

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date
CCT 40/15 Application for direct access 20 Aug. 2015

By Duncan Wild on 11 July 2015

This is is an application for direct access to the Constitutional Court claiming that Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures failed to comply with their constitutional obligation to facilitate public involvement before passing the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act 15 of 2004 (“the Amendment Act“).  The applicants are therefore seeking an order that the Amendment be declared invalid.

The Amendment Act primarily re-opens the opportunity to lodge land claims until 30 June 2019. It also introduces offences related to lodging false claims, and makes changes to the to the composition of, and appointment of judges to, the Land Claims Court, amongst other things.

Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Limited v Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration and Others

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date
CCT 228/14 Labour Court, 9 Jul. 2014 18 Aug. 2015

By Duncan Wild on 5 July 2015

The issues for determination in this case have been defined by the Court in directions issued on 18 February 2015, as follows:

  1. whether an order for reinstatement of an employee is competent in circumstances where such employee resigned prior to the grant of such order;
  2. whether the dismissal of a review application by the Labour Court, on the basis that the record of the arbitration proceedings is incomplete, is a denial of the applicant’s right to just administrative justice;
  3. who bears the onus or obligation to produce a proper and complete record of proceedings in anticipation of the adjudication of review proceedings; and
  4. what the consequences in review proceedings are when the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) or the parties to the dispute are unable to produce a proper and complete record of the proceedings.

Documents:

Mathale v Linda and Another

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date
CCT 22/15 Gauteng Division, 2 Oct. 2014 13 Aug. 2015

By Duncan Wild on 5 July 2015

The issue for determination in this case is whether an order in terms of section 78 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 32 of 1944 (allowing the execution and enforcement of an order of a Magistrate’s Court compelling eviction pending an appeal against that order), particularly where the main order is an order of eviction, is appealable, and if whether the enforcement of the eviction in this case should be set aside.

Mighty Solutions CC t/a Orlando Service Station v Engen Petroleum Limited and Another

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date
CCT 211/14 Gauteng Local Division, 28 Mar. 2014 11 Aug. 2015

By Duncan Wild on 4 July 2015

The matter involves a determination of whether the holder of a petroleum products licence can be evicted from the property at which it holds the licence.  Continue reading

Applicants for Constitutional Court Vacancy

On 9 July 2015, the Judicial Service Commission will interview candidates to fill the vacancy on the Constitutional Court left when Justice Skweyiya retired in February 2014.

The candidates are:

  1. Judge Nonkosi Mhlantla, whose application can be viewed here.
  2. Judge Dhayanithie Pillay, whose application can be viewed here.
  3. Judge Leona Theron, whose application can be viewed here.
  4. Judge Zukisa Tshiqi, whose application can be viewed here.

A brief overview of the candidates is provided below. Continue reading

Mashongwa v Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date
CCT 3/15 Gauteng Local Division, 1 Oct. 2013
SCA, 28 Nov. 2014
6 Aug. 2015

By Duncan Wild on 30 June 2015

The case involves whether the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (“PRASA“) fulfilled its statutory and constitutional duties as an organ of state to take reasonable measures to provide for the safety of passengers, in particular, Mr Irvine Mashongwa, and in particular, if it did fail to take such measures, was that failure causally connected to an attack that Mr Mashongwa suffered whilst travelling on a train operated by PRASA.

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Acting Justices at the Constitutional Court

Justices Ray Zondo and Johann van der Westhuizen are on long leave from 1 February to 31 May 2015.The vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Thembile Skweyiya has not yet been filled.

Justices Zukisa Tshiqi, Justice Leona Theron of the Supreme Court of Appeal, as well as Judge-President Mahube Betty Molemela of the Free State High Court have been appointed as Acting Justices of the Constitutional Court until 31 May 2015.

The current bench, until 31 May 2015 is made up of Chief Justice Mogoeng, Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke, Justices Cameron, Froneman, Jafta, Khampepe and Nkabinde, as well as the three Acting Justices.

JSC Advertises Judicial Vacancy on the Constitutional Court

The Judicial Service Commission has invited nominations to fill the vacancy of a Judge on Constitutional Court following the retirement of Justice Skweyiya in May 2014.

Nominations to fill the post must be submitted by 24 April 2015.

For more details see the advertisement here.

Paulsen and Another v Slip Knot Investments 777 (Pty) Ltd

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date Judgment Date Majority Author  Vote
CCT 61/14 Western Cape Division, Cape Town, 24 Feb. 2012 and 12 Feb. 2013
SCA, 24 Mar. 2014
16 Sep. 2014 24 Mar. 2015 Madlanga J  8-1

By Duncan Wild on 27 March 2015

In this case, the Constitutional Court held that entities that engage in lending that falls outside the scope of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 (“NCA“) (e.g. to entities which exceed the value thresholds set out in the Act) do not need to be registered as credit providers under the NCA, and a failure to register does not invalidate credit agreements outside the scope of the Act.  In addition, the Court reversed the current position regarding how the common law in duplum rule applies when litigation commences. The position before this case being that interest may start running again if the creditor institutes action. The Court, however, found that commencing proceedings will not have an effect on the in duplum rule, and interest may not run again. Interest will only run again on a judgment, which effectively is a new debt which restarts any in duplum calculation. Continue reading