Recent articles and research – April 2021

April 1st, 2021

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Abbreviation Title Publisher Volume/issue
AYIHL African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law Juta (2019) 1
BTCLQ Business Tax and Company Law Quarterly SiberInk (2020) 11.4
DJ De Jure University of Pretoria (2020) 53
EL Employment Law Journal LexisNexis (2020) 36.6 and (2021) 37.1
ILJ Industrial Law Journal Juta (2021) 42
ITJ Insurance and Tax Journal LexisNexis (2020) 35.4
JCLA Journal of Comparative Law in Africa Juta (2020) 7.1
LitNet LitNet Akademies (Regte) Trust vir Afrikaanse Onderwys (2021) 18(1)
PLD Property Law Digest LexisNexis (2020) 24.4
SAJCJ South African Journal of Criminal Justice Juta (2020) 33.2
SJ Speculum Juris University of Fort Hare (2020) 34.2
TPCP Tax Planning Corporate and Personal LexisNexis (2020) 34.6 (final issue)
THRHR Tydskrif vir Hedendaagse Romeinse-Hollandse Reg LexisNexis (2021) 84.1


Administrative law

Henrico, RThe functus officio doctrine and invalid administrative action in South African administrative law: A flexible approach’ (2020) 34.2 SJ 115.

Business rescue

Chong, J ‘Sars – stand in line! How tax debts rank in business rescue’ (2020) 11.4 BTCLQ 16.

Children’s rights

Boniface, AE ‘Without a registration of birth a name means nothing: Unmarried fathers may give notice of their child’s birth – Centre for Child Law v Director-General Department of Home Affairs 2020 (6) SA 199 (ECG) – by AE Boniface’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 131.
Fokala, ECalibrating children’s rights to participate in a family setting 30 years after the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Children’s Charter’ (2020) 34.2 SJ 188.

Company law 

Swart, C ‘Caveat! Voluntary winding-up is not a get out of jail free card! Furniture Bargaining Council v AXZA Industries (Pty) Ltd 2020 (2) SA 215 (GJ)’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 140.

Consumer law

Birkholtz, MA ‘Spousal contributions in debt review referrals to the magistrates’ courts in terms of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 68.


Laubscher, R ‘The COVID-19 lockdown regulations and the courts’ irrational rationality-test – De Beer v Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (21542/2020) [2020] ZAGPPHC 184 (2 June 2020) and Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association v President of the RSA (21688/2020) [2020] ZAGPPHC 246 (26 June 2020)’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 110.

COVID-19: Force majeure

Viljoen, SMThe impact of the COVID-19 regulations on rent obligations’ (2020) 53 DJ 353.

COVID-19: Tax law

Suliman, Y ‘Forced additional expenditure – lockdown-related compliance issues’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.

Criminal law, litigation and procedure

Du Toit, P ‘Recent case: Criminal procedure’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 480.
Freedman, W ‘Recent case: Sentencing’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 508.
Okpaluba, CDamages for injuries arising from the infringement of the rights of persons in police or prison custody: South Africa in comparative perspective (Part 2)’ (2020) 34.2 SJ 201.
Robinson, M ‘The social justice implications of criminalisation of HIV transmission’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 302.
Sloth-Nielsen, J ‘Child justice: Changes to the minimum age of criminal capacity’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 469.
Stevens, GP ‘Revisiting mental disability in the context of sexual offences – some thoughts’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 84.
Van der Linde, DC ‘Some notes on non-consensual or “revenge porn” under the Film and Publications Amendment Act’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 22.
Van der Linde, DC ‘The overlap between the common law and Chapter 4 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act: Is South Africa’s anti-gang legislation enough?’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 273.

Customary law

Chikaonda, GP ‘A critical analysis of codification: Analysing the value of family preservation in African Law’ (2020) 7.1 JCLA 63.

Deceased estates

Botha, L ‘Redeemable preference shares – value on the date of death?’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.

Delictual law

Neethling, JVonnisbespreking: Deliktuele skadevergoedingsreg – die “once and for all”-reël en die beginsel dat skadevergoeding in geld uitgedruk moet word, onder die soeklig’ (2021) 18(1) LitNet.
Sonnekus, JC ‘Erkenning van deliktuele remedies: ’n Bevestiging van ’n beskermingswaardige regsbelang of tog ’n bedreiging vir ’n sosiale instelling soos die moderne huwelik?’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 1.

Employment equity

Du Toit, D ‘Discrimination on an “arbitrary ground” and the right of access to justice’ (2021) 42.1 ILJ 1.
Grogan, J ‘“Arbitrary grounds” – no panacea for all ills’ (2020) 36.6 EL.

Estate planning, wills and trusts

Madzika, KDawn of a new era for permanent life partners: From Volks v Robinson to Bwanya v Master of the High Court’ (2020) 53 DJ 393.
Oosthuisen, W ‘The recognition of permanent opposite-sex life partnerships – Bwanya v Master of the High Court, Cape Town and Others [2020] ZAWCHC’ (2020) 35.4 ITJ.
Stein, M ‘Practical planning points – limited interests in estate planning’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Surtees, P ‘Ex-husband a husband? Named in a will’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Van der Spuy, P ‘Relevant or irrelevant – founder’s significance!’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.


Meintjes-Van der Walt, L ‘Recent case: Law of evidence’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 493.

Expropriation of land

Botha, M ‘The expropriation debate: An update’ (2020) 24.4 PLD.

Financial services industry

Botha, M ‘Post graduate studies in financial planning: Example case study showing the analysis’ (2020) 35.4 ITJ.

Hate speech

De Villiers, W ‘Proper prosecution and conviction or blunder? S v Catzavelos (Randburg Magistrate’s Court, convicted 5 December 2019, sentenced 28 February 2020)’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 121.

International alternative dispute resolution

Nagu, Y ‘Opinion: Will the African continental free trade area’s dispute settlement protocol be adequate to ensure compliance?’ (2020) 7.1 JCLA 120.

International business law

Rudahindwa, JB ‘Legislative versus judicial harmonisation of law: A comparative study of Ohada commercial law and the US uniform commercial code’ (2020) 7.1 JCLA 1.

International corporate governance

Oluwadayisi, AO ‘A comparative analysis of codes of corporate governance and their impact on the boards of public companies in Nigeria and South Africa’ (2020) 7.1 JCLA 30.

International Criminal Court

Ankumah, EA and Goldston, J ‘Transparent, structured, and qualified: Why process matters for electing the next ICC Prosecutor’ (2019) 1 AYIHL 129.
Jacobs, D ‘No such thing as a perfect candidate: A comment on the process of choosing the next ICC Prosecutor’ (2019) 1 AYIHL 123.
Mushoriwa, L ‘Immunity before the International Criminal Court: Has the Appeals Chamber decision in the Jordan appeal brought finality?’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 402.
Vigneswaran, K ‘The appointment process for the next ICC Prosecutor: Form and substance must be mutually reinforcing’ (2019) 1 AYIHL 135.

International criminal law

Mujuzi, JDProsecuting and punishing persons for sending messages of obscene, offensive, threatening or menacing character under the Mauritian Information and Communication Technologies Act’ (2020) 34.2 SJ 156.
Namakula, CS ‘Language as a facilitator of the right to a fair trial in Kenya’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 382.

International humanitarian law

Abelungu, JM ‘Les accords spéciaux dans les conflits armés en la République Démocratique du Congo: Contribution à l’amélioration du droit international humanitaire?’ (2019) 1 AYIHL 49.
Bradley, MM ‘Revisiting the scope of application of Additional Protocol II: Exploring the inherent minimum threshold requirements’ (2019) 1 AYIHL 81.
Kiboro, HM ‘By all means necessary: A look at the reliance on United Nations Security Council resolutions as a basis for internment in non-international armed conflicts’ (2019) 1 AYIHL 25.
Maseka, N and Abrahams, D ‘Peacekeepers and sexual violence: The disjuncture between domestication and implementation’ (2019) 1 AYIHL 1.

International jurisprudence

Phooko, MRHas the SADC Tribunal been salvaged by the South African Constitutional Court and the Tanzanian High Court?’ (2020) 34.2 SJ 174.

International persons and family law

Mujuzi, JD ‘Contentious jurisdiction: The Kenyan Kadhis’ courts and their application of the Islamic law of custody and maintenance of wives and children’ (2020) 7.1 JCLA 93.


Fuo, ORethinking the regulation of university students’ protests in light of Mlungwana v The State 2018 ZACC 45’ (2020) 53 DJ 369.
Okpaluba, C and Abioye, FConsultation as the hallmark of South Africa’s participatory democracy: Lessons from the courts’ (2020) 34.2 SJ 130.
Van Staden, M ‘Spontaneous order or central planning? A brief overview of the libertarian approach to law’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 53.

Labour law

Bradstreet, RS ‘Sanctity of contract prevails over force majeure: The Brand Kitchen judgment’ (2021) 42.1 ILJ 26.
Grogan, J ‘Agency fees – “double taxation” survives the test’ (2021) 37.1 EL.
Grogan, J ‘Pleading poverty – treasury trumps wage deal’ (2021) 37.1 EL.
Grogan, J ‘Short of dismissal – the scope of section 186(2)(b)’ (2021) 37.1 EL.
Nxumalo, L and Nxumalo, C ‘The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on workplace law and employment in South Africa’ (2021) 42.1 ILJ 16.

Law of succession

Van Vuren, L ‘Recent cases on the law of succession and trusts’ (2020) 35.4 ITJ.

Mining and mineral rights

Mathiba, G and Lefenya, KRethinking the regulation of mining activities in a declared protected environment: MEJCON case analysis’ (2020) 34.2 SJ 146.

Pension fund law

De la Harpe, L ‘FSCA Conduct Standard 4 of 2020: Minimum skills and training requirements for board members of retirement funds’ (2020) 35.4 ITJ.
Grogan, J ‘Pension woes – conundrum for unfairly dismissed employees’ (2020) 36.6 EL.
Marumoagae, MC ‘The need for legislative intervention regarding living annuities purchased through retirement benefits when spouses are divorcing’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 37.
Muller, C ‘Members of retirement annuity funds and preservation funds emigrating from South Africa – proposed changes by the 2020 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill’ (2020) 35.4 ITJ.
Nair, A ‘Decisions of specialist tribunals deemed orders of court: A reflection on Mantsho v Managing Director of the Municipal Employee Pension Fund and Others [2015] ZAGPPHC 408’ (2021) 42.1 ILJ 33.

Property law

De Dios, CR ‘Misrepresentation on zoning in property transactions whose fault is it anyway?’ (2020) 24.4 PLD.
Van Staden Vorster & Nysschen Attorneys ‘When to review?’ (2020) 24.4 PLD.

Protection of personal information

Botha, M ‘POPIA for property practitioners’ – contracts and marketing (part 2)’ (2020) 24.4 PLD.
Refugee law
Mujuzi, JD ‘Exclusion from refugee status of asylum seekers who have allegedly committed war crimes in non-international armed conflicts outside South Africa’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 425.

Spousal testimonial privilege

Goosen, S and Whitear-Nel, N ‘Revising spousal testimonial privilege and marital communications privilege in South African Criminal procedure: Is abolition or extension the answer? (part 1)’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 446.

Tax law

Burt, K ‘Decisions by committees’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Clegg, D ‘“Plant” includes a horse – but not a young tree or a spy!’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Devnarain, J ‘Seventh day payment – employees’ tax obligations’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Dumisa, N ‘Protecting the silver lining – third-party notice null and void’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Jooste, R ‘Borrow then [on] lend, but do not lend then borrow!’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Meiring, G ‘The tax director – VI: Tax as a priority in financial transformation’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Mitchell, K ‘Foreign employment – IV: Possible employees’ tax problems’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Mitchell, L ‘Incurred, paid or settled – paid may not mean physically paid’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Palmer, G ‘Most favoured nation clauses from 15% to 5% to 0%’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Rossato, ES ‘Right to reasons – for an understatement penalty imposed’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Rudnicki, M ‘Tax due diligence: A proposed framework’ (2020) 11.4 BTCLQ 7.
Seligson, M ‘The application of s 19 and para 12A to the settlement of disputed debts: A “concession or compromise” of another kind!’ (2020) 11.4 BTCLQ 1.
Silke, J ‘Playing for time – Tax Court rules intentionally delayed’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Thackwell, R ‘Watermeyer – XVI: Conclusion and summary’ (2020) 34.6 TPCP.
Van Zyl, SP and Carney, TR ‘Just how voluntary is “voluntary” for purpose of a voluntary disclosure application in terms of section 226 of the Tax Administration Act 28 of 2011?  Purveyors South Africa Mine Services (Pty) Ltd v Commissioner: South African Revenue Service (61689/2019) [2020] ZAGPPHC 404 (25 Aug 2020)’ (2021) 84.1 THRHR 95.

Unlawful arrest

Okpaluba, C ‘Quantification of damages for unlawful arrest and detention: South Africa, Namibia and Eswatini/Swaziland (1)’ (2020) 33.2 SAJCJ 320.

Kathleen Kriel BTech (Journ) is the Production Editor at De Rebus.
This article was first published in De Rebus in 2021 (April) DR 37.