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 Adultery damages a thing of the past – SCA
Five SCA judges have found that the existence of damages claims based on adultery is no longer justified. ‘It has become outdated and can no longer be sustained – the time for its abolition has come,’ said Judge FDJ Brand yesterday, according to a report in The Mercury. The matter of the relevance of adultery damages was sparked by an appeal in which a man was ordered by the High Court sitting to pay R75 000 in damages to his rival, for alienation of affection of the latter’s wife. Before hearing the merits, the judges asked to be addressed on whether such claims should remain on the law books, weighed against the morals of a modern society, the Constitution and the concept of marriage. Brand said: ‘Let me say that I have no doubt that marriage is one of the most important institutions in our society… which is protected by our Constitution… But the question is, if the protection of marriage is one of the main goals, is the action (for adultery) successful in achieving this goal?’ He upheld the appeal, stating that the plaintiff’s wife was unhappy long before she met her new lover and that the latter was not the reason why she had divorced.

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These interesting snippets from the Shackleton Group’s latest newsletter;

Zimbabwe, that bastion of human rights, lauds the Justice Law and Order Sector of Uganda, another human rights bastion, as Africa’s best. In other news from Harare, Robert Mugabe says South Africa is failing to lead the development of other countries in the African Union “because South Africa’s economy is in the hands of whites.”

and; “National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, already found wanting at the Farlam Commission, has, together with other top police brass, been scathingly criticised

and from the Interesting Stats paragraph; “74 400 – the estimated number of women predicted to be raped in South Africa in August.

3.5 working days – how long you as an average South African commuter spends in traffic every year. Johannesburg is the worst SA city for traffic, but at least it’s not Moscow.

R10 billion – the value of the armoured vehicle Denel military contract Operation Hoefyster which Duduzane Zuma and Rajesh “Tony” Gupta stand to cash in on.

232 carats – the size of white diamond found at the Cullinan mine”east of Pretoria.

Here is a link to the newsletter; http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1608feee1b48a460d3bb0c250&id=4dca29bf98&e=452ef7d4f1

Thanks to Ninette Landman for sending the publication.

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