All was well in our online Rainbow Nation until 17 October 2017, when an Australian security researcher, Troy Hunt, tweeted the following to his South African followers “I have a very large breach titled “masterdeeds”. Names, genders, ethnicities, home ownership; looks gov, ideas?” Yip, this is the real deal! Allegedly about 30 million of South … Continue reading Have you been hacked?
A resignation is one of the means of bringing a contract of employment to an end. Hence, a resignation is a unilateral action. An employee does not (necessarily) need the employer’s cooperation when tendering in his/her resignation and the employer need not accept the resignation for it to be effective. Most people are still not … Continue reading Can an employee withdraw a resignation?
A popular plot in crime novels and TV shows involves someone committing a murder under circumstances where the reader or viewer sympathises with the murderer. There are variations on the theme; the deceased could be an abusive partner or someone who is abusing the murderer’s child, or the murder could be an act of vengeance. … Continue reading #lionmama – A Hero
I have slowly been following the story that has been unfolding regarding American NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand when the American National Anthem is played as a form of protest against racism. This raised a question as to whether it is illegal to not stand for the playing of your country’s national anthem … Continue reading Is it illegal to protest by not standing when your country’s National Anthem is being played?
Knowing where political parties receive their funding is a useful and informative method of making an informed and responsible vote. In considering this, the High Court in the Western Cape came to a potentially ground-breaking decision last week. The question before the court was whether political parties should be required to disclose from whom or … Continue reading Political parties may soon have to reveal their sources of funding
No. A lot of people are under the impression that domestic violence is limited to physical abuse in a domestic relationship. However, domestic violence can also include the following: Sexual abuse Stalking Emotional abuse, which includes threats, humiliating behaviour as well as repeated insults Economic abuse Controlling or abusive behaviour which poses a threat to … Continue reading Should I be in physical pain before I complain?
The Rental Housing Act provides for the establishment of the Rental Housing Tribunal which is a statutory body equipped with mechanisms to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. The services it provides are free and are therefore a cost-effective approach in dealing with any rental dispute. Any tenant or landlord or group of tenants or … Continue reading Making full use of the Rental Housing Tribunal
When I reflect on the pro bono work that my firm has done over the past few years, there is not a particular case that stands out. What stands out for me is the fresh perspective that the pro bono work has given me. Pro bono work has revealed the poignant side of the law … Continue reading A reflection on pro bono
As a rule of thumb, genuine and bona fide negotiations, be they oral or in writing, between parties aimed at and undertaken with a view to a settlement of their disputes are privileged from disclosure as evidence whether or not the negotiations have been stipulated to be without prejudice. The without prejudice rule of English … Continue reading Can an admission of indebtedness made by a debtor at genuine and without prejudice settlement negotiations be admissible to interrupt the running of prescription?
Not many of you are aware, but there is a quick, easy and cost-effective way to get rid of that unwanted employee, without having to be dependent on a charge of misconduct, incapacity or operational requirement. This is called a mutual separation… An employer and employee can agree to enter into a mutual separation agreement … Continue reading Mutual separation agreements at work