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Charles Abrahams is a world-class lawyer who sued multinationals for colluding with the apartheid government, but at twelve he was determined to become a world-famous heartsurgeon. Then a school inspector shattered his dream: coloured children from the Cape Flats 'should not aim too high'. Class Action is the story of how Charles aimed high anyway, despite a childhood that included forced removal, dire poverty and the deep sense of shame of being neither white nor a 'white coloured'. As one of eleven children in a poor family, he experienced constant hardship and family strife.
Violence was ubiquitous: his street was notorious for its gang fights, his father abused his mother at home, and schoolteachers beat darker-skinned children like him. Charles wanted a larger life, and he found it through student politics, anti-apartheid activism and reading. He studied relentlessly, finding not only formidable political weapons, but a means to delve into the damage apartheid had done to his personal identity, selfesteem, sexuality and morality. He went on to qualify as a lawyer and, after defending local gangsters, he sought to do good through human-rights and class-action law. He has since spearheaded some of South Africa’s most historic, groundbreaking lawsuits, pursuing justice for ordinary citizens whose lives were ruined by powers too profit-driven to ever think about them.
Class Action depicts a remarkable journey of resistance and healing in reaction to institutionalised greed and racism and the harm it has done to our identities, our relationships and the people of our country.
A secret torment for some, a proud responsibility for others, ‘black tax’ is a daily reality for thousands of black South Africans. In this thought-provoking and moving anthology, a provocative range of voices share their deeply personal stories.
With the majority of black South Africans still living in poverty today, many black middle-class households are connected to working-class or jobless homes. Some believe supporting family members is an undeniable part of African culture and question whether it should even be labelled as a kind of tax. Others point to the financial pressure it places on black students and professionals, who, as a consequence, struggle to build their own wealth. Many feel they are taking over what is essentially a government responsibility. The contributions also investigate the historical roots of black tax, the concept of the black family and the black middle class.
In giving voice to so many different perspectives, Black Tax hopes to start a dialogue on this widespread social phenomenon.
General Principles of Commercial Law is a concise compendium written specifically for non-law students. Written by experienced commercial law lecturers in the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of South Africa, it has been a prescribed text for undergraduate non-law students at various South African tertiary institutions for the past 28 years.
General Principles of Commercial Law provides students with a succinct exposition of the general principles of commercial law. It covers a wide range of topics influenced by the registration requirements of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors.
The ninth edition has been updated to reflect recent statutory and other developments in commercial law and includes:
The South African Law of Persons provides law students with a thorough understanding of the principles of the law of persons.
In a concise and comprehensive manner, the publication includes discussion of the implications of the constitutional principles of the law of persons.
A title deed = tenure security. Or does it? This book challenges this simple equation and its apparently self-evident assumptions. It argues that two very different property paradigms characterise South Africa.
The first is the dominant paradigm of private property, referred to as an ‘edifice’, against which all other property regimes are measured and ranked. However, the majority of South Africans gain access to land and housing through very different processes, which this book calls social or off-register tenures. These tenures are poorly understood, a gap Untitled aims to address. The book reveals that ‘informal’ and customary property systems can be well organised, often providing substantial tenure security, but lack official recognition and support. This makes them difficult to service and vulnerable to elite capture.
Policy interventions usually aim to formalise these arrangements by issuing title deeds. The case studies in this book, which span both rural and urban contexts in South Africa, examine these interventions and the unintended consequences they often give rise to. Interventions based on an understanding of locally embedded property relations are more likely to succeed than those that attempt to transform them into registered tenures. However, emerging practices hit intractable obstacles associated with the ‘edifice’, which only a substantial transformation of the legal paradigms can overcome.
This now well established labour law text has been updated to reflect the law as of September 2017.
Labour Law Rules has provided a highly accessible text on labour, equity, social security and skills development laws over many years. It discusses these laws against a background of the country supporting the principle of ‘decent work,’ high unemployment, the insufficient creation of sustainable and decent jobs, and income inequality, all exacerbated by an increase in atypical work, skills shortages, as well as insufficient enforcement of laws.
The Law of Contract in South Africa 3e provides a comprehensive, rigorous and accessible introduction to the principles of contract law.
The texts concise explanation assists readers to clearly understand the nuances of the subject matter, while developing applied, critical and reflective thought.
This book was written with the specific purpose of combining in one concise volume the provisions of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (the Act) as it applies to business activities.
The provisions of the Act regarding natural persons are dealt with in a separate book, A Student’s Approach to Income Tax: Natural Persons.
This book was written with the specific purpose of combining in one concise volume the provisions of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (the Act) as it applies to individuals.
The provisions of the Act regarding business activities are dealt with in a separate book, A Student’s Approach to Income Tax: Business Activities.
South African Constitutional Law In Context offers a comprehensive, clear, and concise introduction to the study of South African constitutional law.
Situated within a framework of historical, political, social and economic context, the text invites readers to discover the meaning, operation and effects of the South African Constitution, and to understand its critical importance and potential.
The text balances an accurate description of the most authoritative interpretation of the constitutional text with a critical and enquiring approach, providing depth and diversity of perspective, and engaging readers in an interactive, topical and stimulating manner.
The Constitution informs every aspect of our legal system and every instance of interpretation and application of that system. The Bill of Rights Handbook's detailed coverage of all aspects of Bill of Rights jurisprudence and practice has made it the standard reference work for this important area of law, and it has been extensively relied upon and quoted by the judiciary. The sixth edition of the Handbook is a comprehensive account of over two decades of jurisprudence interpreting and applying the Bill of Rights. The work has been thoroughly revised, in particular to cover developments in the areas of constitutional jurisdiction, remedies and socio-economic rights.
Brutally dragged 780 metres beneath a taxi – a young woman’s inspiring story of survival, courage, and the will to live.
13 September 2011. The story would shock thousands and be remembered by many for years to come. It would be plastered all over the papers and continue to attract interest well after the shock factor of what happened had passed. Reports and articles would be written, and “facts”, as given to reporters by some of those involved and willing to be interviewed, would be recounted and repeated in all forms of public media over the months and even years that followed. And although these versions would generate widespread outrage, none was entirely accurate.
"The stories were about me. I was there. I am Kim McCusker - the girl who was dragged by a taxi. This, as I experienced it, is the true version of events."
Shaping markets through competition and economic regulation is at the heart of addressing the development challenges facing countries in southern Africa. The contributors to Competition Law And Economic Regulation: Addressing Market Power In Southern Africa critically assess the efficacy of the competition and economic regulation frameworks, including the impact of a number of the regional competition authorities in a range of sectors throughout southern Africa.
Featuring academics as well as practitioners in the field, the book addresses issues common to southern African countries, where markets are small and concentrated, with particularly high barriers to entry, and where the resources to enforce legislation against anti-competitive conduct are limited. What is needed, the contributors argue, is an understanding of competition and regional integration as part of an inclusive growth agenda for Africa. By examining competition and regulation in a single framework, and viewing this within the southern African experience, this volume adds new perspectives to the global competition literature.
It is an essential reference tool and will be of great interest to policymakers and regulators, as well as the rapidly growing ecosystem of legal practitioners and economists engaged in the field.
This third edition of Civil Procedure: A Practical Guide provides a clear and concise introduction to the complex area of civil procedure.
The civil procedures used in the High Courts, District and Regional Magistrates' Courts, Supreme Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court and Small Claims Court are discussed in detail, with practical implementation guidelines.
The book has been revised and updated, and incorporates discussions and analyses of all new developments in the field of civil procedure
Tax Law: An Introduction deals with the fundamentals of income tax in a practical and clear manner that makes this book an ideal tool for tax teachers. Written for students, this much-needed textbook simplifies complex concepts and avoids unnecessary jargon as it explains the key objectives and principles of taxation. The book sheds light on contemporary South
African tax law and the most important tax cases. It covers the process of tax collection as well as the interpretation of tax legislation.
Tax Law: An Introduction is intended to ease the teaching and understanding of an often-daunting subject. The book includes a link to the relevant Acts for easy access by students.
A proper grasp of the law of insolvency can be acquired only by reading and digesting a sizeable volume of case law. This text, designed to complement Hockly's Insolvency Law, allows students and practitioners to come to terms with a broad range of insolvency cases.
The fifth edition of this established work on criminal law now includes detailed discussion of major judicial pronouncements on dolus eventualis (Pistorius), the limits of common purpose liability in its active association form (Dewnath), robbery with aggravating circumstances (Masingili), treason (the Boeremag Treason trial), racketeering/retrospectivity (Savoi) and consensual child sexual experimentation (Teddy Bear Clinic). With the important entry into force on 9 August 2015 of the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act 7 of 2013, definitions of human trafficking and related offences have now become an integral part of our criminal law. Moreover, the transitional provisions on human trafficking in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 have been replaced with more detailed provisions under this Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act 7 of 2013. A significant amendment to abortion law has been effected by the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Act 1 of 2008 (assented to 12 February and promulgated18 February 2008), following the Constitutional Court's judgment in Doctors for Life International v Speaker of the National Assembly 2006 (6) SA 416 (CC). Judgments of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the Constitutional Court and legislative amendments relevant to criminal law up until the end of 2015 have been included in this fifth edition of Principles of Criminal Law.
In April 2019 Lord Ashcroft published the results of his year-long investigation into South Africa's captive-bred lion industry. Over eleven pages of a single edition of the Mail on Sunday he showed why this sickening trade, which involves appalling cruelty to the 'King of the Savannah' from birth to death, has become a stain on the country.
Unfair Game features the shocking results of a new inquiry Lord Ashcroft has conducted into South Africa's lion business. In the book, he shows how tourists are unwittingly being used to support the abuse of lions; he details how lions are being tranquilised and then hunted in enclosed spaces; he urges the British government to ban the import of captive-bred lion trophies; and he demonstrates why Asia's insatiable appetite for lion bones has become a multimillion-dollar business linked to criminality and corruption, which now underpins South Africa's captive lion industry.
Companies and other Business Structures in South Africa, fourth edition, offers a clear and practical introduction to the law relating to companies, close corporations, business trusts, partnerships and financial markets.
The fourth edition is comprehensively revised and updated to address the extensive development of common law jurisprudence that has emerged in the recent period. In particular, the text succinctly analyses the complex body of case law developments within the spheres of corporate governance, insider trading and business rescue, and provides a chapter that addresses the winding up and deregistration of companies.
The text explains the law relating to corporate finance with an interdisciplinary (legal, accounting and management accounting) approach, and situates discussion of the recently promulgated Financial Markets Act 19 of 2012 within the context of insider trading and financial markets.
The book introduces students to the general principles of the law of succession in South Africa, integrating the common law, statutory law, constitutional perspectives, and the related customary law principles. It addresses the Civil Union Act 17 of 2006, and the Reform of Customary Law of Succession and Regulation of Related Matters Act 11 of 2009 and other legal developments.
This newly updated text equips nurses and other health-care professionals to deal with the legal issues they encounter in daily practice.
Informative and relevant, The A-Z of Nursing Law covers all recent changes to the law and legislation that affect the nursing profession. As the only local book of this nature, it has become an invaluable resource for nurse practitioners and other health-care professionals.
Undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students will also find it useful.
This criminal law casebook contains excerpts from the most important South African judgments on criminal law. Some shorter judgments are printed in full. Each case is preceded by a brief summary of the facts in the law followed by a note explaining the importance of the judgment. Afrikaans judgments are translated into English. The book also contains an introduction explaining the meanings of important concepts and expressions found in judgments. This is of great value to students who are inexperienced in reading judgments. The four previous editions of this casebook have proven to be an ideal and necessary aid in the study of criminal law.
If you have an interest in law and politics, South Africa’s political economy and the processes of policy-making in a parliamentary context, this is an essential read.
The advancement of black South Africans in ownership and management in the private sector is growing steadily. This growth is aided by government scorecard that penalise corporations that fail to include black people in senior positions and management. Some claim that this process will lead to a more fair, less racially biased economy. But will this transform the basic structure of the economy to benefit the people as a whole? Changing The Colour Of Capital unpacks the fundamental character of the South African economy and examines the relationship between the political system and the economy.
Contributors include Trevor Manuel, Rob Davies, Jeremy Cronin, Ben Turok, Philisiwe Buthelezi, Adekeye Adebajo, Enver Daniels, Cassius Lubisi and Richard Levin.
Labour Relations in South Africa provides a thorough, engaging introduction to the science and practice of labour relations in South Africa. The fifth edition presents a more critical and reflective approach, engaging with the various issues, shifts, and seismic events which have impacted this dynamic field in recent years. The text's view is expanded to encompass a multi-faceted perspective, relating to business science, law, economics, and sociology, and to focus more specifically on the context and dynamics of a developing country.
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