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New legislation 2024

buy this article The Judicial Matters Amendment Act 15 of 2023 (hereinafter referred to as Act 15 of 2023) appears in English and Afrikaans in Government Gazette No 50430 dated 3 April 2024. In the Afrikaans text its name is “Wysigingswet op Geregtelike Aangeleenthede 15 van 2023”. This Act 15 of 2023 amends 19 different …

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The fight against fake goods: The National Counterfeit Unit

buy this article By Kotie Geldenhuys Photos provided by the SAPS As South Africa rallied behind the Springboks during the Rugby World Cup in 2023, opportunistic criminals seized the opportunity to exploit the rugby fever. Counterfeit apparel for rugby supporters surfaced on street corners and was promoted through social media. Many South Africans perceive these …

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Counterfeit and illicit goods: “Bargains” that come at a high price

buy this article By Kotie Geldenhuys Photos by Kotie Geldenhuys and courtesy of the SAPS The global issue of the manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit goods is a multi-billion dollar challenge with significant economic and health implications for governments, businesses and consumers. Counterfeiting pervades various aspects of our lives, impacting the food we consume, the …

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Brandjacking: causing confusion and harm

buy this article By Kotie GeldenhuysImages courtesy of Unsplash In the contemporary era of digital advancements, safeguarding a brand has assumed heightened significance, primarily driven by the escalating phenomenon termed brandjacking, alternatively recognised as brand hijacking, brand abuse, brand theft or brand impersonation. Regardless of the terminology used, the strategies employed by malicious actors to …

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A convenient time to again have a look at the administering of an oath or affirmation

buy this article By Brig Dirk Lambrechts Question:A reader wants to know whether the widely publicised “crime prevention wardens” of Premier Panyaza Lesufi of Gauteng, are commissioners of oaths. The reader further wants to know about which other occupational groups qualify to be commissioners of oaths and what the exact process entails. Answer:IntroductionOur reader’s questions …

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Dangerous Criminals

buy this article Question:A reader wants to know why, on rare occasions, some accused persons are declared as “dangerous criminals”. Answer:IntroductionOur reader’s question will best be answered by referring to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein (“the SCA”) judgment in Petersen v The State (Case no 295/2021) [2023] ZASCA 26 dated 16 March 2023 …

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A parent’s guide to steer their sports-loving kids away from doping

buy this article By Annalise KempenImage courtesy of Pexels Parents want their children to excel and be the best versions of themselves – on the sports fields, academically and culturally. The question is, at what price? Are parents, coaches and/or the children themselves willing to risk blurring the legal lines to ensure that they reach …

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Vaping among kids: cool habit, stress reliever or serious concern

buy this article By Annalise KempenPhotos courtesy of Unsplash and Pixabay Can you believe that some schools in the country have been bringing in narcotics sniffer dogs not to sniff out drugs, but to sniff out vapes (BusinessTech, 2023)? It might seem extreme to resort to such measures, but it shows that vaping among school-going …

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