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South Africa: Defamation and vindication, the Supreme Court of Appeal’s flawed approach – Dario Milo

In the past year or so, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down judgment in two defamation appeals that have an impact on how plaintiffs obtain remedies to vindicate their reputation. Both of these cases were appeals from defamation cases brought through the procedure of an application or motion (where evidence is given through affidavits) as opposed to the procedure of a trial (where evidence is given through oral evidence). Continue reading

Case Law, South Africa: AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism v Minister of Justice: Big Brother can no longer watch us with impunity – Dario Milo

On 4 February 2021, the Constitutional Court handed down its decision in the case of AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC  v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services [2021] ZACC 3.  This has already received worldwide acclaim. It found in favour of amaBhungane, the investigative journalism organisation, in a landmark case involving the collision between the right to privacy and the right of the state to engage in surveillance. Continue reading

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