CARMEL RICKARD: The price of principle causes ructions in Uganda’s Supreme Court

A ruling on the Ugandan presidential election results has caused ructions in the country’s Supreme Court

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CARMEL RICKARD: Mogoeng’s considered opinion

Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is not the only judge to be censured for expressing controversial personal views on a public platform

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CARMEL RICKARD: Abuse and misconduct in Malawi

An SA legal team was unable to take part in legal action in Malawi due to Covid. But it turns out that the procurement process was itself problematic

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CARMEL RICKARD: Loaded language in Namibia’s Supreme Court

Interpreting what Namibia’s Supreme Court meant by its use of punctuation has become a R97m question for the country’s communications regulator

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CARMEL RICKARD: Oversight unseen

As testimony at the state capture inquiry has shown, SA’s parliament is failing in its oversight and accountability rules. How do we fix the problem?

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CARMEL RICKARD: Victory over Bitou graft

Bitou’s former municipal manager was rehired after having been fired for financial mismanagement. The court has now set aside his reappointment

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CARMEL RICKARD: Dominic Ongwen — a victim-turned-killer

The sentencing of Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen raises questions around the culpability of child soldiers once they reach majority age

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CARMEL RICKARD: Trouble in Mauritius paradise

The last vestiges of colonialism are in the spotlight, as the UK faces legal action around its continued administration of the Chagos Archipelago

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CARMEL RICKARD: Would the real Satoshi Nakamoto please stand up

Computer scientist Craig Wright sees himself as a man of many parts, but his claim of being bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is being disputed

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CARMEL RICKARD: Errors of judgment over Covid insurance

The appeal of a UK high court decision on Covid-related business interruption insurance has made two judges go back on their own opinions

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CARMEL RICKARD: Vagrancy laws — rewrite the statutes

An African court opinion on vagrancy laws highlights how colonial perceptions of indigence remain in force in law — including in SA

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CARMEL RICKARD: East Africa trade bloc in the dock

A legal wrangle in East Africa highlights how tricky it is to form a regional trade bloc when individual countries have their own economic stresses

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CARMEL RICKARD: Swaziland Medical Aid Fund under fire

The Swaziland Medical Aid Fund is in hot water with the Supreme Court after it published an article found to have ‘polluted the judicial stream’

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CARMEL RICKARD: Malawi leaders told to pay

A former president of Malawi and a high court judge are out of pocket after losing a personal costs case for their attempts to meddle in the judiciary

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CARMEL RICKARD: A ‘just in case’ tax

Uganda’s tax authority is on the hook for the equivalent of an R87m payout, after imposing an invented ‘domestic VAT’ levy on importers

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CARMEL RICKARD: Lawfare in Zimbabwe

In the ongoing matter of her fitness to hold office, judge Erica Ndewere has requested her colleagues recuse themselves from presiding over her case

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