Those movie scenes of a plane, about to take off, delayed when officials burst on board to arrest or release a passenger? Forget it. A top official of the Department of Home Affairs claims international law and local practice make it impossible to happen here.
But is he right? The head of immigration for the Western Cape, Tariq Mellet, has been at the centre of a row over the way his officials ignored an order of the high court last November.
As an aspirant farmer working a distant platteland smallholding, I would really love to buy a small tractor. So far, though, I’ve been shocked and intimidated by the difficulties and costs of getting a loan. But that’s only one reason for wanting to celebrate a judgment I read this week, Standard Bank v Dlamini.
The decision should be read by every consumer as well as all credit providers because it shows the courts in no mood to put up with bully banks that try to deceive people about the full extent of their rights.
While SA lawyers and politicians argue over the best way forward for the legal profession, a similar debate has emerged in the Lesotho courts. Earlier this year, an advocate practising there approached the High Court’s constitutional division to complain that restrictions on advocates resulted in grave injustice.
The law and rules of court placed “unfair restrictions on an advocate which limits the advocate’s right to practise his or her profession”, said Matsaseng Ralekoala.