Media: Storm erupts as city axes law firm

3 07 2009

July 03, 2009 Edition 2

Karen Breytenbach – Cape Times

A HEATED debate has broken out in legal and academic circles over the City of Cape Town’s decision to axe a top law firm from its panel of attorneys for taking on a case for a group of poor litigants against the municipality. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: The Rule of Law and “conflicts of interests”

3 07 2009

Posted on July 2nd, 2009 by Pierre De Vos

One of the most important but often neglected aspects of the Rule of Law is the requirement that individuals must be able to enforce their rights and legal entitlements in a court of law. At the heart of the Rule of Law is the notion that we are a rule-based society and that everyone – no matter how powerful or weak – must have the equal chance to enforce their rights and legal entitlements as set out by law. Read the rest of this entry »





Why Cape legal twist looks like a demolition of justice for poor

3 07 2009
JACKIE DUGARD and KATE TISSINGTON
Published: 2009/07/02 07:11:59 AM
Source: BusinessDay
IN MAY, backyard shack-dwellers with no access to formal housing took their case against the City of Cape Town to the Western Cape High Court. They were represented by the law firm, Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes, which took on the case at a substantially reduced rate at the request of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). Read the rest of this entry »




Sowetan: Fired firm can sue municipality

1 07 2009
26 June 2009
Anna Majavu – Sowetan

Strong case of unfair treatment

JUSTICE department director-general Menzi Simelane says the law firm axed by the City of Cape Town last week may bring a case of unfair discrimination against the municipality in the Equality Court.

Sowetan reported on Tuesday that Cape Town had terminated Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes (STBB) as one of its service providers after the firm took on a case for the Abahlali baseMjondolo shack dwellers movement against the city. Read the rest of this entry »





Media: City gives law firm the boot

24 06 2009

Note: The City of Cape Town is constantly spending money on lawyers and legal fees because of all the court cases they are involved in against the people of Cape Town.  This makes it difficult for communities such as Macassar AbM and Symphony Way AEC to get any pro-bono support from city law firms who do not want to lose their money coming from the City.

23 June 2009
Anna Majavu – The Sowetan

Fury at handling of shack case

THE city of Cape Town has purged a major law firm because it took on a case for the Abahlali baseMjondolo shack dwellers movement. Read the rest of this entry »








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