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Oscar Pistorius

Year of high court drama

South Africa’s courtrooms have seen a number of high-profile dramas this year. lThe Oscar Pistorius murder trial took centre stage for most of the year.

Pieter Mulder, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Missing the big picture on red steenbras catches

In a recent decision, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled in favour of a group of recreational fishers (the Border Deep Sea Angling Association) and against the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries that had placed a moratorium on catching red steenbras (Petrus rupestris) in 2012. 

Busisiwe Boti and Mzwandile Sokwali at the East London Magistrates Court yesterday Picture: MARK ANDREWS

Taxi boss found guilty in Mandela funeral scam

An East London court gave the first conviction in the Nelson Mandela memorial funding scandal yesterday and set the stage for dramatic testimony next year.

Zola Tongo, the Dewani's taxi driver in Cape Town, stands trial for his role in Anni Dewani's murder.

Tongo willing to lie: judge

The only accomplice witness in British businessman Shrien Dewani’s trial was prepared to lie to create an atmosphere of suspicion around him, Western Cape High Court deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso said this morning.

Steve Hofmeyr

Hofmeyr tweets up a storm

Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr tweeted on Thursday that the setting aside of an interim protection order against puppeteer Conrad Koch in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court signalled the end of freedom of expression.

Singer Steve Hofmeyr

Hofmeyr loses against puppet

The Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday set aside an interim protection order obtained by Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr against ventriloquist Conrad Koch and his puppet “Chester Missing”,

Tony Yengeni leaves the Cape Town Magistrate Court last month

Yengeni awaits feedback from DPP

ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni is still awaiting feedback on whether his drunk driving charges will be withdrawn, the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court heard today.

Shrien Dewani at the Western Cape High Court. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

‘Common theme’ in Dewani witnesses: state

The testimonies of the main State witnesses in British businessman Shrien Dewani’s trial all had a similar theme despite discrepancies and inconsistencies, the Western Cape High Court heard today.

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