Michael Trapido

Moe Shaik, WikiLeaks and the importance of a free media

The explosive allegations being made by News24 and City Press regarding a WikiLeaks cable which claims that spy boss Moe Shaik and President Jacob Zuma threatened to expose the “political skeletons” of Zuma’s enemies and alleges that Shaik was being cultivated by the Americans is all the proof South Africans will ever need to know…

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UK commission mulls assisted dying

The Commission on Assisted Dying, being conducted by Lord Falconer in the United Kingdom, is focusing upon a highly controversial issue which will become more and more contentious as the 21st century unfolds. It’s aim is to consider what system, if any, should exist to allow people to be helped to die and whether changes…

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Why is Dewani being compared to Shaik?

Judge Howard Riddle excused Shrien Dewani from attending Thursday’s preliminary extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, which was postponed to February 8 for the purpose of the formal proceedings. As reported earlier today British publicist Max Clifford said that Shrien did not need to attend court because it is a 20-minute formality to fix a…

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Hlophe would never be appointed to hear Dewani trial

Though it is physically possible for Judge John Hlophe to hear the murder trial of Anni Dewani, the Swedish beauty that was killed while on honeymoon in Cape Town, it will not even be in the contemplation of the South African judiciary. Shrien Dewani, assisted by British publicist Max Clifford and his legal team, are…

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Think before you snoop

While hacking into your wife’s email account might be thoroughly enjoyable it can also be confining … such as at President Jacob Zuma’s finest correctional facility. Yes, I know there are things that you absolutely must check, eg. is she bonking around? But that doesn’t alter the fact that it could land you in jail….

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If extradited, Dewani faces judge not jury

One of the major differences between the South African and British criminal justice systems is the absence of a jury. In South Africa there is no option, as accused are tried before either a magistrate or a judge. Sometimes, in matters such as murder they may sit with assessors, but that is part of the…

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Do we have the right to die?

One of the major disappointments of the Brett Kebble murder trial was the fact that in granting Glenn Agliotti a section 174 discharge at the close of the state’s case we were unable to see whether Lawrence Hodes SC was going to raise the issue of assisted suicide during the defence. As many will recall…

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Assange has screwed US diplomacy

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is now the subject matter of an Interpol red notice following a request from Sweden where a warrant for his arrest, based upon charges of rape, has been issued. In addition the United States has also launched a criminal investigation related to the leaking of US government information by…

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I don’t like Annelie Botes…

Annelie Botes, an Afrikaans author, told Rapport newspaper that she doesn’t like black people, she doesn’t understand them and while she knows that they are people just like her, with the same rights as her she avoids them because she is scared of them. She blames black people for South Africa’s violent crime problem, which…

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Judge Motata has paid the price for his indiscretion

Judges Gregory Kruger and Hennie Lacock in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday dismissed the appeal of Judge Nkola Motata against his conviction and sentence — a R20 000 fine or 12 months in jail — by magistrate Desmond Nair in September 2009. The appellant had crashed his Jaguar through the wall of…

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