Law Focus

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Law Focus: Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is an approach to justice that aims to involve the parties to a dispute and others affected by the harm (victims, offenders, families concerned and community members) in solving a crime and preventing its recurrence. It’s about Reconciliation....

Law Focus: Minimum sentences

Minimum sentences are a critical point of debate in the South African criminal law system; importantly so because the reality is that our prisons are overcrowded and unfortunately, despite all our legislations and institutions of law enforcement, we continue to have...

Law Focus: Mob Justice

Mob Justice is quite a tragic reality in South Africa. We unpack with legal practitioner, Innocent Mthembu, about the legal aspects and other constitutional matters relating to mob justice – and what participating in it could possibly mean for you. We then have a...

Law Focus: Wrongful Convictions

Are you indeed innocent until proven guilty? Where could the law have possibly gotten it wrong when a judgement is given that you are convicted of a crime that you did not commit? Surely wrongful convictions should not exist if the principle of ‘beyond a reasonable...

Law Focus: The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases

The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases is one of the facets of Labour law that we do not often delve into. Following the court decision for the amendment of the inclusion of domestic workers in particular in the COIDA Act, we discuss with Kelebogile...

Law Focus: How much violence can police exert

Philisiwe Hadebe and Nirmala Gopal (2019). Police Brutality in South Africa. University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Safer spaces Safer Spaces released an article in 2019 titled ‘Police Brutality in South Africa’; which contains startling statistics ranging from 2014 – 2018...

Law Focus: Unfair Dismissal

Being employed is never a guarantee of financial stability and security throughout your life; work ends for different reasons; at times, an employee is prepared for it, but at other times not. Unfair and constructive dismissals are the termination of employment when...

Law Focus: The electoral system

With the different electoral systems in the world, none of which is without faults; compounded by the changing narratives and debates about the appropriateness and functionality of Proportional Representation as a system for our national elections 25 years into our...

Law Focus: Law of Evidence

The criminal justice system is quite complex, both theoretically and procedurally. We delve into the law of evidence as an aspect of the legal system; it is an immensely packed concept and practice, but we are guided in conversation by the expertise of Dr. Florencia...