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16 December 2018 6:22 AM Bill Cosby denied bail while he appeals sex assault conviction

Philadelphia — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a request from Bill Cosby to be released on bail while he appeals his sexual assault conviction. The order from the court issued Friday does not elaborate on the decision. Cosby filed an appeal earlier this month saying that Pennsylvania trial Judge Steven O'Neill had a feud with a key pretrial 160

15 December 2018 12:03 PM Moyane 'seized control of SARS as if it was his to have'

Governance at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) was “dismantled” under axed Commissioner Tom Moyane, the Nugent Commission of Inquiry has found. Senior managers were driven out or marginalised and those appointed by Moyane to replace them were compliant to his demands, according to the Commission's final report into SARS, which was handed over to President 98

14 December 2018 10:46 AM Distribution of police across Western Cape is discriminatory

Judge MJ Dolamo of the Cape High Court (sitting as the Equality Court) has declared that the allocation of police resources in the Western Cape unfairly discriminates on the basis of race and poverty. The ruling came on Friday morning, and is a victory for the Khayelitsha-based social movement Social Justice Coalition (SJC). The case, brought by the SJC, Equal 57

14 December 2018 4:13 AM Slight improvement in backlog at Western Cape High Court

The backlog of late judgments in the Western Cape High Court has slightly improved since our last update, though 16 cases have been awaiting judgment for six months or more. According to the judicial norms established by government notice in 2014, judges are advised to hand down judgments "no later than three months after the last hearing" 74

12 December 2018 3:08 PM 'Cannibal case': 2 KZN men who killed woman for body parts get life sentences

The men convicted of killing a woman for her body parts in the infamous "cannibal case" have been sentenced to life in prison. Judge Peter Olsen said Nino Mbatha, 33, and Lungisani Magubane, 32, were guilty of "the most heinous crime" when sentencing the two in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg. Mbatha and Magubane were convicted of murdering 70

11 December 2018 10:18 AM Omotoso's lawyers preparing to go to ConCourt

Pastor Timothy Omotoso's legal team say they are preparing to approach the Constitutional Court, after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed their application to have the judge overseeing the case recuse himself. "We are proceeding with an application to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal," advocate Peter Daubermann said in a text message 71

10 December 2018 8:25 AM Omotoso rape trial postponed to the new year

The rape trial of controversial pastor Timothy Omotoso has been postponed pending the outcome of a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision on his application for Judge Mandela Makaula's recusal. Omotoso and his co-accused, Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho, made a brief appearance in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth. "All the papers are in order 85

10 December 2018 3:24 AM Omotoso back in court over request for judge to recuse himself

Pastor Timothy Omotoso is back in the High Court in Port Elizabeth on Monday to hear if the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has made an order on whether to grant his application for Judge Mandela Makaula to recuse himself from the case. Makuala in October previously rejected the defence's two applications for leave to appeal his ruling that he won't recuse 55

06 December 2018 6:54 PM Australian archbishop cleared of child sex abuse cover-up

An Australian appeal court has overturned a conviction against the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever found guilty of covering up child sex abuse. New South Wales state District Court Judge Roy Ellis on Thursday upheld former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson's appeal against his May conviction for concealing the sexual abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile 206

04 December 2018 11:18 AM Court turns down Moyane's bid to have Trengove recused

Former SARS boss Tom Moyane has failed in his bid to have Wim Trengove, SC recused from representing Judge Robert Nugent in a case where Moyane is challenging the powers of the inquiry that led to his dismissal. Nugent, who is heading the Commission of Inquiry into SARS, is one of the eight respondents in the matter being heard in the North Gauteng High Court 100