The African Law Service brings diverse commentary on legal developments from across our African continent.
Of the last four permanent presidents of the court of appeal, one was appointed twice, two were the subject of impeachment tribunals and one was “summarily removed from office” in an unlawful bid to install the favourite of a new prime minister.
The latest judgment concerns senior legal academic Kananelo Mosito. He was the first jurist to be permanently appointed as president of Lesotho’s court of appeal after the resignation of the disgraced former head of that court, Michael Ramodibedi, who handed in his resignation just as his impeachment tribunal was due to start.
NAMIBIAN judges may no longer impose extremely long jail terms that leave a prisoner worse off than under a conventional life sentence. The country’s top court has found it unconstitutional to hand down “informal life sentences”, via jail terms that are so long that offenders have no possible hope of ever being released before they die.
Three of Kenya’s leading broadcasters remained shut for a week. Two have since been allowed back on air. Baz Ratner/Reuters
JUDGES of Uganda’s constitutional court have come to the rescue of two judicial colleagues, finding that the statutory five-year limited term of office of the industrial court bench undermined judicial independence and was unconstitutional and therefore invalid.
The Chair in Customary Law at the University of Cape Town and SEARCWL (Zimbabwe) compiled this bibliography of Customary Law sources - secondary materials as well as case law. The Bibliography currently encompasses primarily South African material, but our intention is to grow its regional scope.
The Chair in Customary Law at the University of Cape Town at the time of compilation was Prof. Chuma Himonga. The Director of SEARCWL at the time of publication was Prof. Stewart.