Case Law: Defamation the South African Way – Rosalind English

6 04 2011

Le Roux and others v Dey (South African Constitutional Court) [2011] ZACC 4

With the new libel reform proposals doing the consultation rounds it is enlightening to see how other jurisdictions strike the balance privacy and dignity on the one hand, and freedom of expression on the other. Read the rest of this entry »

UK Defamation Bill paves the way for South Africa – Dario Milo

6 04 2011

In January this year, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, committed the coalition government to the legislation, saying: ‘It is simply not right when academics and journalists are effectively bullied into silence by the prospect of costly legal battles with wealthy individuals and big businesses’.

Although the Bill is more like a codification than a radical reform, it contains a number of provisions which are of importance.  This article looks at how some of its provisions would affect South African law. Read the rest of this entry »