Justice System: what’s making headlines?

Small Claims court opens its doors in Khayelitsha

Khayelitsha Community at the launch of Small Claims Court

“Khayelitsha Community at the launch of Small Claims Court.” Photo by Johnnie Issac

Launched on Friday (14 November 2014), the small claims court will assist people settle minor civil disputes for amounts of up to R15 000. The court was established in 2010, then became inactive, but has now been relaunched and will spare community members from traveling outside Khayelitsha to lodge their claims.

“The court will assist people dissatisfied with the quality of services they paid for and who want to reclaim money. The court will spare people from Khayelitsha having to travel to Wynberg to lodge their claims.

The relaunch was attended by government officials from the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, members of South African Police Service, the Legal Aid Board, City Council officials, members of the Khayelitsha community and several interest groups.”

[Lenasia] Land scammer to be sentenced

“A former City of Johannesburg employee is expected to be sentenced on Tuesday at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court for his involvement in the illegal sale of state land in Lenasia.

Sifiso Handsome Litau resigned from his post during internal disciplinary proceedings where three witnesses who had bought land from him were giving evidence against him.

In July he was found guilty of illegally selling land in Lenasia Extension 13.”

Charles Manson gets license to wed 26-year-old he said he wouldn’t marry

“The 80-year-old inmate, convicted of conspiracy to commit multiple murders, has obtained a license to wed Afton Elaine Burton, 26, who as a teenager moved to California to be near him and has visited him for seven years.

According to records with the Kings County Clerk-Recorder, Manson and Burton applied for the marriage license Nov. 7.”



ConCourt to rule on mentally disabled accused

“At the centre of the matter are two people who were alleged to have committed crimes but were declared unfit to stand trial because they were not able to understand basic court proceedings.

One, a 35-year-old man with Down syndrome, was arrested and charged last year over the rape of an 11-year-old girl.

The other has a severe mental disability, and was arrested and charged with the murder of a 14-year-old girl in 2005 when he, too, was 14.

Neither of the criminal matters have been finalised.”

DR Congo:Police Operation Kills 51 Youth

“Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily killed at least 51 youth and forcibly disappeared 33 others during an anti-crime campaign that began a year ago, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. “Operation Likofi,” which lasted from November 2013 to February 2014, targeted alleged gang members in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa …

Human Rights Watch conducted interviews in Kinshasa with 107 witnesses, family members of victims, police officers who participated in Operation Likofi, government officials, and others. Human Rights Watch also released new video footage and photographs, including of suspected kuluna who were killed during Operation Likofi and interviews with their relatives.”




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