Completing the puzzle – Is there a solution to the delay in criminal trials?

By Edwin cameron, JJ du Toit and Alexia Katsiginis In the first part of the article, we considered the delays that dog the South African criminal justice system – some systemic, some lawyer- and accused-instigated. Are there possible fixes? How to build accountability The constitutional dispensation introduced important protections for accused and awaiting trial detainees.…

Separation of church and state: Making sense of freedom of religion under lockdown regulations

A central tenet and essential element of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religion is the ability for believers to assemble, have fellowship and meet. In the Bible (NIV), Hebrews 10:25 specifically commands Christians to ‘not [give] up meeting together’ and references to the importance of the church, fellowship and meeting together are expressed in numerous…

Mediation

Is mediation the answer in the time of COVID-19?

Under the recent and ongoing COVID-19 lockdown conditions many court cases have been halted only to be entertained at unknown later dates, understandably in adherence with relevant directives, which have been issued. We have seen matters being heard remotely through technological means. This unfortunately cannot always be the case as not all South African courts…

Calculate municipal property rates

Calculating the levying of municipal property rates

If you are a business, residential or agricultural property owner, you will know that you are billed for certain municipal charges on a monthly basis among others, property rates. This article will provide a brief overview of the levying of municipal property rates in general and specific reference will be made to the City of…

Mortgage of immovable property – a first step to alienation?

This article was first published by Mr Abercrombie and Ms Johaardien in 2011 (March) DR 26. The Editorial Committee has agreed to re-publish the article due to the publication of the Chief Registrar’s Circular 1/2020 titled: ‘Suspension of Registrars’ Conference resolutions regarding the interpretation of the word “alienate” as far as it relates to mortgaging of immovable…