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Parliament OKs legal practice bill

2013-11-12 20:47

The legal practice bill, which has far-reaching implications for the legal profession, has been approved by the National Assembly.

Greater access to legal services needed - DA

2013-10-07 20:00

The legal practice bill should improve access to justice, protect consumers and promote competition in the provision of legal services, says the DA.

Changes to info bill, but debate continues

2013-04-23 17:39

The amended protection of state information bill looks set to be debated by the National Assembly.

MPs reconvene on amended info bill

2013-03-13 19:35

The National Assembly's ad hoc committee on the protection of state information bill will hold the first of a series of meetings to consider far-reaching changes to the bill.

Committee to call in Madonsela

2013-02-12 17:22

MPs have resolved to call in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to discuss unresolved complaints of maladministration in her office.

MPs adopt constitution amendment

2012-11-20 22:34

A long-awaited change entrenching the Constitutional Court as the highest court in the land has been approved by the National Assembly.

Constitutional amendment close

2012-11-07 18:22

Political parties are nearing accord on the Constitutional 17th amendment bill and say it should be passed soon.

Hofmeyr blamed for SIU labour dispute

2012-10-11 16:03

The acting head of the special investigating unit suggested to MPs that she had to settle a controversial labour dispute because her predecessor, Willie Hofmeyr, had acted improperly.

Nel story a smear against Jiba - Radebe

2012-08-22 22:13

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has dismissed reports that acting prosecutions chief Nomgcobo Jiba sought to scupper an international award for Gerrie Nel.

DA condemns defacing of 'iconic' painting

2012-05-22 19:16
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The defacing of a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals, has been widely condemned.

NPA needs money, points finger at Simelane

2012-04-17 19:30

The NPA needs R250m extra funding a year, MPs have heard, while national director of public prosecutions Menzi Simelane has been blamed for its biggest performance hurdle.

See Zuma comments in context - presidency

2012-02-13 20:45

President Jacob Zuma's comments on the Constitutional Court's powers must be viewed in the context of a decision the Cabinet took last year, the presidency says.

IFP's info bill changes rejected

2011-11-17 21:31

A last-minute tabling of 123 amendments to the protection of information bill by the IFP has turned to farce as every proposed change was swiftly voted down.

Info bill set to be tabled after delay

2011-11-10 21:30

The protection information bill will come before the National Assembly after a two-month delay, the office of the ANC chief whip says.

Activists seek rewrite of info bill

2011-09-20 18:01

The Right2Know Campaign says it will press the ANC to rewrite the protection of information bill.

Info bill - court challenge expected

2011-09-02 22:36

Lawmakers have finalised the protection of information bill, but failed to safeguard disclosure of state secrets where this would serve the public interest, making a constitutional review all but certain.

Info bill vote starts in Parliament

2011-09-02 11:43

Parliament's ad hoc committee on the protection of information bill has started voting on the contentious measure, signalling the end of drafting and hope for further concessions.

ANC rejects public interest defence

2011-08-31 20:01

The ANC has definitively ruled out writing a public interest defence into the protection of information bill on the basis that it would place journalists above the law.

Info bill relief for media

2011-08-24 11:43

The ANC has agreed to rewrite a clause in the protection of information bill that had been deemed one of the biggest remaining threats to media freedom.

Mantashe's ConCourt remarks scandalous: DA

2011-08-18 21:57

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has insulted Constitutional Court judges and should be repudiated, says the DA.

IFP, DA lament Ngcobo's resignation

2011-07-27 22:25

Both the Inkatha Freedom Party and Democratic Alliance have said that Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo's resignation could have been averted.

MPs cry foul as ANC starts voting on info bill

2011-05-24 22:43
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Acrimony has erupted over the info bill as the ANC began voting in its proposals for the contentious draft law, leaving opposition MPs to cry foul.

Opposition pushes for narrowing of info bill

2011-04-11 22:16

Political opposition parties have tabled submissions calling for the scope of the protection of information bill to be whittled down.

Parliament to rule on info bill committee

2011-03-07 17:30

The future of the parliamentary committee handling the contentious protection of information bill will likely to be settled this week, the Speaker’s office has said.

Radebe defends NPA appointments

2011-01-16 22:36

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has defended President Jacob Zuma's decision to appoint Nomgcobo Jiba as the deputy national director of public prosecutions.

 

NPA appealing Mdluli ruling

2013-10-09 07:28

The National Prosecuting Authority is appealing against a ruling which set aside the withdrawal of charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

NPA respects Breytenbach ruling

2013-05-27 22:18

The NPA respects a ruling made by a disciplinary hearing in favour of suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, a spokesperson says.

MPs may review info bill changes

2013-03-14 16:06

MPs may yet make limited changes to the contested protection of state information bill, a senior state law adviser says.

MPs to approve magistrates' increase

2013-03-13 14:50

MPs are set to approve a 5.5% salary increase for magistrates after condemning their threats to go on strike next week in protest over their pay structure.

Shai battles to support allegations

2012-11-27 18:18

Outgoing deputy public protector Mamiki Shai has battled before Parliament's justice portfolio committee to substantiate allegations she has made against her boss Thuli Madonsela.

Farlam man favourite for protector post

2012-11-19 21:42

The spokesperson and state law adviser to the Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana shooting has emerged as the frontrunner for the post of deputy public protector.

MP taken to task over judiciary comments

2012-10-24 20:33

ANC MP Patekile Holomisa has been reprimanded by the DA for asking how the government planned to guide courts to "exercise judicial restraint".

MPs debate anti-spam bill

2012-09-11 22:16

Cold calls, spam e-mails and unsolicited telephone offers could soon be a thing of the past if the protection of personal information bill becomes law.

Assembly approves bill on use of force

2012-05-23 22:05

The National Assembly has approved the Criminal Procedure Act amendment bill, which provides guidelines on why and how force, and deadly force, may be used to carry out an arrest, without dissent.

Questions unanswered over NPA prosecutor - DA

2012-04-30 22:19

The Democratic Alliance says that important questions relating to the suspension of the National Prosecuting Authority's corruption prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach remain unanswered.

Radebe: ConCourt's independence safe

2012-02-28 16:34

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe says a review of the Constitutional Court was not aimed at curtailing the court's powers, but formed part of overall efforts to transform the judiciary.

Call for fewer politicians in JSC

2012-02-07 21:02

The DA has called for the number of politicians on the Judicial Service Commission to be reduced - evoking a lukewarm response from the ruling party.

ConCourt battle on cards over info bill

2011-11-16 22:39

State security minister's stance on a public interest defence all but guarantees that the proposed protection of information bill will eventually be challenged in the Constitutional Court.

Opposition cries foul over info bill move

2011-09-27 21:13

The ANC's move to set up a ruling party-only mechanism to consider further submissions on the protection of information bill has drawn the ire of opposition parties.

Malema hate speech ruling wrong - DA

2011-09-13 17:23
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The DA says the hate speech ruling against Julius Malema is wrong, making the Equality Act "ripe for challenge".

Info bill final version adopted

2011-09-02 14:46
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The ANC has used its majority strength in a parliamentary committee to adopt a final version of the protection of information bill which critics have vowed to challenge in court.

Spy clause delays info bill

2011-09-02 08:01

The ANC's plans to finalise drafting of the protection of information bill have been upset by opposition complaints about harsher sentences to shield intelligence matters from disclosure.

ANC won't budge on info bill

2011-08-31 10:22

The ANC has refused opposition requests to strike a provision from the protection of information bill that would allow intelligence agents to classify any part of their work.

AfriForum takes up Mogoeng case

2011-08-21 22:00

Legal opinion is being sought on the constitutionality of President Jacob Zuma's nomination of Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng as new chief justice, AfriForum says.

Definition of security not needed - ANC

2011-08-15 22:25

The ANC's reluctance to define two key concepts in the protection of information bill has led to fresh cries of unconstitutionality and calls for it to be binned.

NPA confirms second Hofmeyr probe

2011-07-17 17:57

Police have been asked to investigate a second complaint of corruption against Willie Hofmeyr, the head of both the asset forfeiture unit and the SIU, the NPA says.

ANC again calls for info bill delay

2011-04-19 19:41

The ANC has again called for a time-out on the protection of information bill, this time to allow it to mull whether the bill should apply to police and the military.

Buthelezi refused to shred report - IFP

2011-03-29 21:36

Mangosuthu Buthelezi was ordered by the Mbeki cabinet in 2003 to destroy the critical report of the Van Zyl Slabbert Commission on the Electoral Act, but refused, an MP claims.

Sanef against registering journalists

2011-02-16 14:44

The SA National Editors' Forum has objected to a call to have the profession legally defined so members can be exempted from the provisions of the protection of personal information bill.

DA: New NPA appointment astonishing

2011-01-14 17:02

President Jacob Zuma has failed the country in appointing Advocate Nomgcoba Jiba as a deputy director of National Prosecutions, the Democratic Alliance says.

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