Articles for Marecia Damons

Over 180 judgments outstanding for longer than six months

Reserved judgment list is almost six months old and records the highest number of late judgments since we’ve begun reporting the situation


Law | 7 June 2023

How bad is South Africa’s murder rate?

And has the Western Cape turned the corner?

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News | 2 June 2023

Dr Nandipha’s court bid is “trial by ambush” argues state lawyer

Nandipha Magudumana claims she was “abducted” in Tanzania by South African authorities

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News | 1 June 2023

Child protection services raise alarm on funding shortfalls

Funding for child protection programmes in the Western Cape has not kept pace with inflation


News | 31 May 2023

Dr Nandipha’s urgent court bid postponed. But does her case have merit?

Department of Home Affairs officially joins as a respondent

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Law | 26 May 2023

One year later and still no judgment in urgent case about access to medicine

Judge Colleen Collis reserved judgment in April 2022 in a matter between Bayer and Clicks


News | 24 May 2023

Motsoaledi rubbishes Dr Nandipha’s court bid to have her arrest in Tanzania declared “unlawful”

Thabo Bester finally added to Home Affairs’s data system after three decades as “an unidentifiable person”


News | 22 May 2023

Thabo Bester escape: international spotlight on G4S

Canadian pension fund questioned on investment in prisons company

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News | 4 May 2023

Chief Justice’s office stonewalls requests for reports on late judgments

The last available report is for 31 December 2021


News | 26 April 2023

Thabo Bester saga: Police fail to collect evidence of Magudumana’s Bloem trips

Nandipha Magudumana used Bester’s alias to stay in luxury accommodation in Bloemfontein and Ballito in the weeks before he escaped

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News | 16 April 2023

Thabo Bester escape: ministers and officials scramble to answer MPs’ questions

“I did everything I was supposed to do” says Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola

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Parliament | 14 April 2023

Witness in case of officer accused of murder of homeless man fails to come to court

Dumisani Joxo died in January 2022 after he was shot during an altercation in Rondebosch


Brief | 13 April 2023

Thabo Bester and Nandipha Magudumana back in South Africa - and behind bars

Magudumana charged with murder and violation of bodies

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Brief | 13 April 2023

Thabo Bester saga: MPs from all parties grill G4S

Private prison company claims it cooperated with state’s investigation

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Parliament | 13 April 2023

Government knew Thabo Bester had escaped, but did nothing

Authorities dragged their feet investigating the matter, documents tabled before Parliament reveal

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News | 12 April 2023