August 29 2013 at 09:16

 It's like a curse, the Dorsland Trek, even today. The first of these treks started in 1874 and they continued sporadically until 1905.

Families from the Groot Marico and Rustenburg districts suffered unbearable hardship as they trekked through the Kalahari, leaving dead people, dead animals and dead dreams along the way.

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June 20 2013 at 10:22

If you have been a Willis-watcher, keeping an eye on the decisions of Judge Nigel Willis, I have some good news: there’s no sign that his recent elevation to the Supreme Court of Appeal will dull his idiosyncratic style.

Judge Willis, he of the peacocks-and-the-cherry-tree judgment involving a former Turkish grande dame and her disputed Houghton garden wall, has been hearing cases at the SCA over the past month. And two are vintage Willis.

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April 18 2013 at 10:32

Why don’t the media routinely list the legal representatives of parties at the end of news reports? It would help the public to make better choices about who should represent them.

It’s an argument I’ve made before, but here’s another case in point.

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April 4 2013 at 11:10

The story reads like something out of Precious Ramotswe’s casebook; something for the No 1 Lady Detective to discuss with her devoted secretary, Grace Makutsi, over mugs of strong Rooibos tea.

It’s January 2007 and a five-year-old boy has disappeared from remote Churchill village in the Northern Cape, not far from the Botswana border. People are outraged. They inform the police, who arrest three elderly farmers. Even the names of the three speak of the story’s strange remoteness: Modisaotsile Ntwagae, 65, Otlhalogantse Thebeapelo, 70, and his almost blind wife, Goitsemang Thebeapelo, 67.

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March 21 2013 at 08:28

Top police officials regularly suffer from foot in mouth disease when appearing at the Marikana inquiry, but even when their legal representatives speak for them in court they don’t do much better.

Just ask Steven Mothoa, whose case against the Minister of Police was finalised this month in the Johannesburg High Court. 

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