Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bureaucrats and brick walls – fight back!

“Bureaucracies are inherently antidemocratic. Bureaucrats derive their power from their position in the structure, not from their relations with the people they are supposed to serve” (Alan Keyes, American politician) Fighting red

Struggling to evict a “commercial” occupant? Don’t stress about PIE

A recent Constitutional Court judgment highlights a fundamental difference in the legal protections afforded to two types of unlawful occupant – Residential occupants: Occupants residing on premises are afforded protection in terms

Property sales: Don’t be an unregistered credit provider!

Be careful when buying and selling property that you aren’t held to have lent more than R500,000 to the other party.  As a recent High Court case illustrates, that will leave you

Tax penalties – What must SARS prove?

SARS has the power to impose severe penalties on any taxpayer failing to declare or pay taxes in accordance with law. For example, in a case recently before the Tax Court, a

The Wages Of Fraud: 15 Years In Prison

“White collar criminals who commit offences of a certain magnitude must not be permitted a soft landing” (extract from judgment below) The recent “J Arthur Brown” judgment by the Supreme Court of

Beware Prescription: The Tale Of The “Watertight Case” That Died A Sad And Sudden Death

“Sad is the day when a party with a watertight case comes to court and he is stopped in his tracks by a sudden death due to a fatal blow from a