26May 2015

1. There is currently no law specifically regulating polygraph (lie detecting) tests in South Africa! 2. Some employers make use of polygraphs to test the honesty of employees after company property has gone missing or after alleged misconduct. A few employers even request pre-interview polygraph testing! 3. These tests involve electronic sensors placed over the […]

05May 2015

  “Hi, Im working for a construction company as a manager. The company owes me december, january, march and april salaries. I lost because of not paying my debts. Can you please advise me on what steps to take so that i dnt lose the money im being owed and must the company pay me interest because […]

21Apr 2015

What if I simply cannot afford to pay school fees?   Note: a school can take legal action against both the custodian (person with whom the child resides) as well as the non-custodian parent. The school can, however, only take legal action against the parent after the exemption criteria has been applied and denied. Remember […]

15Apr 2015

  Remember to set the table for one extra (sometimes uninvited) guest that hangs out at your family home. Yes, it is important to have a basic understanding of the law, as it is with us wherever we go. Let’s have a look at a few Family, Civil, Criminal and Labour Law examples at home […]

09Apr 2015

Sexual experimentation can become a legal problem…   Let’s say you catch your 13 year old daughter and her boyfriend (also 13) kissing in her room. Did you know that underage kissing, children 12 to 16 years, is a crime in terms of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007? According to […]

26Mar 2015

Prince dreamed about becoming an Attorney. The Law Society, however, refused to register Prince as an Attorney due to his two previous convictions on the count of dagga possession. Prince took the Law Society to Court and based his arguments on the following: infringement of his right to freedom of religion as a Rastafarian, unfair […]

17Mar 2015

Strict uniform rules at school may be unconstitutional. The Federal Constitutional Court (Germany) declared a ban on teachers wearing Islamic headscarves unconstitutional on Friday, 13 March 2015. The decision reminds us of the South African Constitutional Court case of a few years ago: MEC for Education v Pillay 2008. Yes, South Africa has one of […]

13Mar 2015

  Socio-economic Rights include the right to adequate housing, food, health services and water. In other words, these rights are basic essentials necessary to survive. It differs from Civil and Political rights (the right to vote, freedom of speech, equality, etc.) necessary to lead a full life.   Our Human Rights (both Civil/ Political and […]

09Mar 2015

When it comes to our basic human rights, those that usually jump to mind include access to water, adequate housing, health care services, basic education, etc. Perhaps it is because these rights are easy to explain. What about the right to dignity? Section 10 of our Constitution reads that everyone has the right to have […]

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