(Update 2014-06-12): Professor James Grant, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, has published an article on his site, titled "Child Pornography: Distribution by Parents", in which he explores the implications of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Amendment Act which also deals with child pornography. That Act also has a pretty... Continue Reading →
As you know, the Pretoria High Court granted the media permission to broadcast the upcoming Oscar Pistorius trial but don't expect to see TV footage of Pistorius or his witnesses giving evidence. Judge President Mlambo has imposed a number of restrictions on the coverage you can expect in the coming weeks. The reasons for these restrictions stem from the considerations Judge Mlambo took into account and how the judge balanced a number of competing rights.
For one thing, you probably won't see any video of Oscar Pistorius' or his witnesses' testimony (although you may hear it on radio). You won't see close-ups either. This decision is more about upholding rights than it is about the hype.
In all likelihood, most of the conjecture about Pistorius’ guilt is defamatory and the question is whether those defamatory statements are justifiable and that remains to be seen. If you are engaged in a debate about the case, it may be prudent for you to be measured in your statements and avoid potentially prejudicial declarations.
Anyone running a social media profile on a client's behalf should be very careful when tweeting or posting on the client's behalf. The consequences of careless references to or variations of a company's name could be severe under certain understated provisions of the new Companies Act. The Companies Act's provisions Section 32 of the Companies... Continue Reading →
A Twitter user known as @pigspotter (aka "Cliff") is making waves in local law enforcement. If you are not one of his 6 138 followers (at 10:26 SAST - the count was at 6 007 about an hour ago) then you may not be familiar with what this popular tweeter does. As his bio explains,... Continue Reading →