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Sep 12, 2014

‘Dolus eventualis’, the legal Latin on South Africa’s lips

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – It is a little-known legal concept with a Latin name, and in the last 24 hours South Africans and millions more around the world glued to the Oscar Pistorius verdict have been feverishly trying to get their heads around it: ‘Dolus eventualis’.

The state had accused the double-amputee Olympic and Paralympic track star of the cold-blooded murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year.

Sep 12, 2014

Pistorius’s next battle to avoid notorious C-Max jail

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – After his conviction on Friday for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year, Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius’s next battle will be to stay outside the walls of the notorious Pretoria Central Prison, or C-Max.

The prison, a forbidding brick and steel edifice with a reputation as the toughest in South Africa, is just a stone’s throw from the High Court where Pistorius’s six-month trial ended with not guilty verdicts on murder charges that carried certain jail terms.

Sep 10, 2014

Judgment day for Oscar Pistorius

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – After 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week whether he will spend the next 25 years behind bars.

In a fitting reminder of how South Africa has changed in the 20 years since apartheid, the fate of Pistorius, a wealthy white man from privileged roots, rests in the hands of a 66-year-old black woman from Soweto, Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Sep 10, 2014

Oscar Pistorius verdict hangs on ‘possible improbabilities’

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Eighteen months ago, when he granted Oscar Pistorius bail after the killing of his girlfriend, South African magistrate Desmond Nair noted a number of “improbabilities” in the Olympic and Paralympic star’s account of the shooting.

After 41 days of testimony and drama in the Pretoria High Court, Pistorius’s freedom hangs on whether the prosecution has made its case well enough to convince judge Thokozile Masipa that such improbabilities cannot be “reasonably possibly true”.

Aug 12, 2014

Oscar Pistorius verdict hangs on ‘possible improbabilities’

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Eighteen months ago when he granted Oscar Pistorius bail after the killing of his girlfriend, South African magistrate Desmond Nair noted a number of “improbabilities” in the Olympic and Paralympic star’s account of the shooting.

After 41 days of testimony and drama in the Pretoria High Court, Pistorius’s freedom hangs on whether the prosecution has made its case well enough to convince judge Thokozile Masipa that such improbabilities cannot be “reasonably possibly true”.

Aug 7, 2014

Investors dump South Africa’s Abil bank, fearing losses too big to fix

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Investors fled African Bank
Investments on Thursday, sending its shares tumbling to
a near-20 year low as the South African lender looked unable to
plug a $790 million hole in its finances from a tide of
unsecured loans that have gone bad.

The bank, widely known as Abil, shocked the market on
Wednesday when it said it needed to raise 8.5 billion rand ($790
million) in new capital after warning of a massive annual loss,
following which its chief executive quit.

Aug 5, 2014

Winnie challenges Nelson Mandela’s will, demands house

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Nelson Mandela’s second wife, Winnie, has launched a legal challenge to the will of the late anti-apartheid leader, the latest sign of feuding and bad blood in South Africa’s first family.

In a letter sent by her lawyer to the executors of Mandela’s estate, Madikizela-Mandela argued that her children should be in charge of Mandela’s ancestral home at Qunu in the Eastern Cape, where he was buried in December.

Jul 22, 2014

S.African anti-fracking group threatens legal challenge

JOHANNESBURG, July 22 (Reuters) – A South African
anti-fracking group threatened a legal challenge on Tuesday to
government plans to grant shale gas exploration licences in the
pristine semi-desert of the Karoo, saying the regulatory process
had been marked by “patent ineptitude”.

In a February State of the Nation address, President Jacob
Zuma described shale gas as a “game changer” for the economy and
said Pretoria would allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,
“within the framework of our good environmental laws”.

Jul 7, 2014

How politics nearly ruined deal to end S.Africa’s longest strike

JOHANNESBURG, July 7 (Reuters) – Forty-eight hours after
talks to end South Africa’s longest strike hit a brick wall when
the mining minister suddenly pulled out, a bishop and an
anti-establishment corporate lawyer engineered a deal at a
secret meeting in a ritzy hotel.

The events, revealed by interviews with key players in the
five-month platinum strike, expose the impotence of the
bargaining structures that have underpinned labour relations
since the end of white-minority rule in 1994.

Jun 29, 2014

South African engineering strike to go ahead on July 1 – NUMSA union

JOHANNESBURG, June 29 (Reuters) – More than 220,000 members
of South Africa’s NUMSA engineering and metalworkers union will
down tools on July 1 after last-ditch wage talks to avert a
strike failed, its leaders said on Sunday.

Irvin Jim, Secretary General of South Africa’s largest
union, said NUMSA members would also picket the headquarters of
state power utility Eskom on July 2 as part of a push for a wage
increase of 12 percent, nearly twice the current inflation rate.