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June 26 2014 at 06:23

Some of the novels I haven’t yet written are set in the border areas between the Free State and Lesotho.  One shouldn’t give away too much of a pending plot, but there’s plenty of scope round here for illicit diamond dealing, gun running and other kinds of fraud, corruption and violence.

And it would all happen in the wild and stunningly beautiful badlands along a border that’s still the subject of much dispute.

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June 19 2014 at 08:40

All roads lead to the Eastern Cape and the National Arts Festival’s 40th anniversary week. It’s even the setting for this week’s legal decision, with the drama’s central moment played out against the backdrop of that favourite student watering hole, the Pig and Whistle in Bathurst.

The dispute involves Absa on one hand and Glenn McCreath on the other.

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March 27 2014 at 08:31

Move over Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, you’ve met your match. You probably thought there could be no one like Hlophe again in your lifetime: a senior judge under investigation, impeachment a possibility, a series of distasteful court cases, the judge sounding off in less than parliamentary language and slamming other top officials, political alliances stubbing toes over how to proceed, a looming constitutional crisis – and still no finality in sight. Enter Judge Michael Ramodibedi.

His story, unfolding on our doorstep, involves many of the same issues – and much more. Ramodibedi has held senior posts in at least four African countries: Seychelles, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. But it’s his current position as chief justice of Swaziland and as president of the appeal court in Lesotho, that are under scrutiny.

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March 13 2014 at 10:32

Running a business from home sounds like a cosy alternative, and think of all the rent you’d save. But, as a high court decision handed down this week makes clear, it’s not an option for every property.

Sometimes your title deeds or local association can bar such a project, even if the zoning is right. The Vanilla Street Home Owners Association, which runs Bardale Village in Kuils River, Cape Town, objected to the owner of a property in the village, Basheera Ismail, operating a hair salon from her home. It is something she’s been doing since June 2008.

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March 6 2014 at 08:26

Help me here, people: I don’t understand Parliament’s position on elder rape. Why is it that raping a child attracts a mandatory life sentence, but there’s no similar sanction for raping someone in her eighties?

It’s a question you have to ask following an appeal judgment this week dealing with the rape of an elderly woman.

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