What a poser for the SANDF: Should they settle a claim for more than R500 000 or fight on and risk the fallout of a senior officer taking the witness box again to answer questions about anti-white insults she allegedly hurled at a subordinate?
The question has become all the more urgent with last week’s decision by Judge Bulelwa Myra Pakati of the Kimberley High Court. She heard a civil claim by SANDF employee Adriaan Malan against the minister of defence and found that Malan succeeded with all three claims.
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.
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.
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.
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.