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Botswana

Court of appeal

 Case  Reference  Issue
Macheme v Ndlovu [2009] BWCA 49 Access
Magibisela v Mogobe [2002] BWCA 29 Maintenance
Mangopie v Mangope (nee Moeti) [1996] BWCA 50 Custody
Oatlhotse v The State [1988] BWCA 14 Infanticide

High Court

Case Reference Issue
Bampusi v Bampusi [2004] BWHC 76 Maintenance and custody
Bateng v Bateng (Nee Thebe) [2008] BWHC 496 Custody
Christmas v Christmas [2007] BWHC 319 Maintenance and custody
Cowell  v Cowell [2004] BWHC 57 Custody
Dihoro v Dihoro (nee Jane) [2008] BWHC 29 Custody
Gaborone v Motlhabane [2007] BWHC 117 Maintenance
Ikanyeng v Ikanyeng [2007] BWHC 287 Maintenance and custody
Itlhobogeng v Itlhobogeng [2006] BWHC 63 Custody
January v Gamble [2007] BWHC 181 Best interests of the child and removing the child from the country
Jimmy v Toteng [2005] BWHC 18 Maintenance of an extra-marital child
Keiketile v Keiketile [2007] BWHC 383 Custody
Magono v Magono (neè Ramasedi) [2006] BWHC 127 Custody
Magwadi v Kgomokhumo and Another [2008] BWHC 102 Custody
Makgoana v Ministry of Health [2003] BWHC 11 Loss of a child's corpse
Manyothwane v Manyothwane [2007] BWHC 307 Custody
Marumoloa v  Marumoloa [2008] BWHC 278 Custody and maintenance
Maswabi v Ragalase [2005] BWHC 70 Maintenance of an extra-marital child
Millias v Mozola [2007] BWHC 237 Maintenance
Mongwa v Mongwa [2008] BWHC 182 Maintenance and custody
Mosimanyane (nee Wright) v Mosimanyane [2008] BWHC 40 Access and custody
Motlhabai v  Seakgosing [2008] BWHC 98 Right of illegitimate children to inherit
Mpolokang v Mafokeng [2005] BWHC 16 Maintenance
Ngwenya v The State [2004] BWHC 38 Rape of a child
Nkhwa v Bulawa [2004] BWHC 56 Paternity of an illegitimate child
Nleya  (neè Morake) v Nleya [2006] BWHC 121 Custody
Ramotswa  (née Gaboagelwe) v Ramotswa [2008] BWHC 162 Custody

 

Malawi

High Court

Case Reference Issue
Chikapa v Chikapa [2005] MWHC 4 Custody
Datch v Datch and Another [2008] MWHC 24 Custody
In Re: adoption of the Children’s Act (Cap.26:01); In Re: David Banda [2008] MWHC 3 Adoption
In Re: adoption of the Children’s Act CAP. 26:01; In Re: CJ (A Female Infant) [2009] MWHC 3 Adoption
Kaluma v Mandala and Another [2006] MWHC 17 Custody
Kamakanda v Kamakanda [2008] MWHC 177 Custody and maintenance
Katimba v Katimba [2008] MWHC 130 Custody
Kulisewa v Kulisewa [2001] MWHC 54 Custody
Losacco v Losacco [2007] MWHC 29 Custody
Njolomole v Banda [2004] MWHC 13 Motor vehicle accident


Supreme Court of Appeal

 Case  Reference  Issue
Archibald  v  Archibald [1998] MWSC 2 Custody
In Re: Adoption of the Children’s Act CAP. 26:01; In Re: CJ (A Female Infant) [2009] MWSC 1 Adoption

Lesotho

High Court

 Case  Reference  Issue
Rex v Bereng [2006] LSHC 72 Murder of a child
Chabana v Chabana and Another [2008] LSHC 75 Maintenance
Rex v Chabeli [2007] LSHC 33 Rape of a minor
George and Another v Mokoma [1995] LSHC 22 Theft
Kaibane v Maqold [1987] LSHC 123 Damages
Khabo v Khabo [2006] LSHC 35 Custody
Khatala v Khatala [2001] LSHC 108 Abuse of children
Kolane v The Board of Governors of Qalabane
L.E.C. Primary School Manager and another
[1999] LSHC 96 Damages
Lekhafola v Lekhafola [2006] LSHC 17 Custody
Mafata v Mafata and Others [2006] LSHC 9 Removing a child from the country
Makoala v Makoala [1982] LSHC 68 Custody
Malefane v Malefane [2005] LSHC 241 Housing for children
Matumane and others v Makhalong L.E.C. Primary School  and others [1999] LSHC 76 Discrimination of children
Mokokomali v  Mokokomali 2001] LSHC 97 Custody
Monapathi (born Sennane) v  Monapathi [1989] LSHC 32 Custody
Monyaka v Monyaka [1987] LSHC 107 Custody
Monyamane v Rex [1987] LSHC 50 Testimony by a minor
Bernard and Others v The Manager - Bonhomme Commercial High School [1991] LSHC 100 Expulsion
Moshesha  v  Majake [1980] LSHC 11 Custody
Moshoeshoe (Nee Makume) v Moshoeshoe [2003] LSHC 26 Guardianship
Moshoeshoe v Sekese [1980] LSHC 28 Custody
Nkuebe v   Nkuebe and Another [1980] LSHC 8 Access
Noka-Nts'o Primary School and others  v  
Khaboliso and Another
[1999] LSHC 154 Expulsion
Ramafieloane v Ramafieloane and Others [1999] LSHC 134 Guardianship
Sefeane v Sefeane [2005] LSHC 210 Custody
Tekane v Tekane [1989] LSHC 82 Custody
Tsekoa  v Mokhathi [2004] LSHC 39 Custody
Tsepe v Tsepe [1989] LSHC 19 Custody

 

Uganda

Court of Appeal

 Case  Reference  Issue
Abot v Uganda [2006] UGCA 11 Rape of a minor
Akampurira v Uganda [2006] UGCA 12 Rape of a minor
Atto v Uganda [2009] UGCA 43 Murder of a minor
Chance v Uganda [2009] UGCA 40 Rape of a minor
Kabiswa v Uganda [1999] UGCA 12 Murder of a child

High Court

 Case  Reference  Issue
In Re: Adam (An Infant) & In Re: An Application
For Appointment As Legal Guardians By
Aaron Judd Swanney & Abigail Joy Swanney
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0077 OF 2008)
[2008] UGHC 126 Guardianship
In Re: Adongping Flavia Okot and Alobo Mercy
Okot (Minors); the Petition of Joyce Achiro
(Maternal Aunt of the Said Minors) (Adoption
Cause No 24 of 2005)
[2006] UGHC 19 Adoption
In Re: Alan Hodgkins (An Infant) & In Re: An
Application For Legal Guardianship By James
Franklin Hammond &Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-
0196-2008)
[2009] UGHC 25 Guardianship
In Re: An Application by Meadow Merril for the
Legal Guardianship of Ruth Alysia Hodkins
(Infant) (Family Cause No 33 of 2005)
[2005] UGHC 10 Guardianship
In Re: An Application for Guardianship of Duncan Mugero Wampande and Martha Mugero Nabirye (Minors) by Mugero Christopher (Family Cause No 50 of 2006) [2005] UGHC 34 Guardianship
In Re: An Application for Legal Guardianship
of Minors by MargaretKamuzana & In Re:
Bulemezi Block 160, Plot 162, Land at
Lutamu, B (Family Cause No. 39 of 2006)
[2006] UGHC 63 Guardianship
In Re: Andrew Kayombya (An Infant)
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0089-2009)
[2009] UGHC 63 Guardianship
In Re: Antony Owomugisha (An Infant) (HCT-00-FD-FC-0086-2009) [2009] UGHC 42 Guardianship
In Re: Application by Oloya Robina Rose for the Legal Adoption of Canowira Robert Okot (Infant) (Family Cause No 23 of 2005) [2005] UGHC 8 Adoption
In Re: Application for Guardianship of Walugembe Nabisere Nicole Carol and Walugembe Juuko Nicander by Walugembe Aaron Cyrus and Walugembe Rumanyika Jean Harriet (Miscellaneous Cause 53 of 2005) [2005] UGHC 27 Guardianship
In Re: Atuhaire Ivan and Namutebi Deborah (both Infants) And In Re: a Petition for Adoption by Bundy Andrew Michael and Westtley Laura Anne (HCT-00-FD-FC-0012-2009) [2009] UGHC 91 Adoption
In Re: Ava Sanyu Zimmerman (An Infant) And In Re: An Application For Legal Guardianship By Shawn Zimmerman And Cotiney Zimmerman (HCT-00-FD-FC-0109-2008) [2008] UGHC 131 Guardianship
In Re: Bakhita Nakiberu (A Child) (HCT-00-FD-
FC-0067-2009)
[2009] UGHC 44 Guardianship
In Re: Benjamin Nsubuga (An Infant) (HCT-00-FD-FC-0088-2009) [2009] UGHC 38 Guardianship
In Re: Bennet Adai Mcgough (An Infant) & In Re: An Application For Legal Guardianship By Scot Mcgough & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0137-2008) [2008] UGHC 134 Guardianship
In Re: Bill Lochoro & Anor (Infants) &
In Re: An Application For Legal Guardianship By Brian Christopher Berry & Anor
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0199-2008)
[2009] UGHC 88 Guardianship
In Re: Elianah Kisa (An Infant) & In Re: An Application For Legal Guardianship By Zane
McCourtney & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0115-2008)
[2008] UGHC 139 Guardianship
In Re: Ernest Bruno Baganzi (An Infant) & In Re: An Application For Legal Guardianship By Robert Hausman & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0121-2008) [2008] UGHC 122 Guardianship
In Re: Guardianship of Kasozi Moses (Minor
aged 14 years) (FamilyCause No. 094 of 2009)
[2009] UGHC 64 Guardianship
In Re: Hillary Kakeeto (An Infant)
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0081-2009)
[2009] UGHC 48 Guardianship
In Re: Iren Najjuma (An Infant)
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0079-2009)
[2009] UGHC 49 Guardianship
In Re: Jennifer Nakyanzi Kayizzi (An Infant) & In Re: Application For Legal Guardianship By Kayizzi John Balamaga
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0133-2008)
[2008] UGHC 133 Guardanship
In Re: John Bosco Kayinda (An Infant) & In Re: An Application For Legal Guardianship By Aaron Scott Kulp & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0139-2008) [2008] UGHC 130 Guardianship
In Re: John Paul Simeon (An Infant)
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0091-2009)
[2009] UGHC 50 Guardianship
In Re: Kenneth Kintu (An Infant) & In Re: An
Application For Guardianship By Kenneth Kakumba (HCT-00-FD-FC-0112-2008)

[2008] UGHC 135
Guardianship
In Re: Kyadondo Block 82 Plot 773 Land At Kungu Wakiso; In Re: Amurat Lalji (a.k.a. Ambatben lalji). Dhana Lalji (a.k.a. Dhanlakshjami Jadva) and Nishla Lalji (a.k.a Nisa Jadva) All Minors; In Re: Application By  Patel Lalji Jadva (Applicant) for Leave to Offer Kyadondo Block 82 Plot 773 for Sale on Behalf of the Said Minors (Miscellaneous Application No 80 of 2005) [2006] UGHC 1 Sale of land on behalf of minors
In Re: Mary Gimono Mirembe (An Infant)
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0025-2009)
[2009] UGHC 61 Guardianship
In Re: Mary Tusabe (An Infant) & In Re: An
Application For Legal Guardianship By Mathew John Schoff & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0126-2008)
[2008] UGHC 129 Guardianship
In Re: Mathias Mutebi (An Infant)
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0093-2009)
[2009] UGHC 52 Guardianship
In Re: Melika Yasin Gasuza Kavuma (An Infant) & In Re: An Application For Appointment As Legal Guardian By David Kavuma Gasuza
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0114 OF 2008)
[2008] UGHC 127 Guardianship
In Re: Meliza Nabwire (An Infant); In Re: An
Application for Legal Guardianship by Glenn Ralph Stocks and Kathleen Best Stocks (Family Cause No 73 of 2005)
[2006] UGHC 8 Guardianship
In Re: Mercy Nantezza Hodgkins & Anor (Both
Infants) & In Re: An Application for Legal
Guardianship by Stephen Michael Eldred & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0150-2008)
[2008] UGHC 136 Guardianship
In Re: Michael (An Infant)
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0072-2009)
[2009] UGHC 40 Guardianship
In Re: Michael Benjamin Pietsch & In
Re: An Application For An Adoption Order By
Christopher John Pietsch & Anor
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0102-2008)
[2008] UGHC 123 Adoption
In Re: Milly Muhairwe & In Re: An Application
For An Adoption Order By Birgittee N. Markussen & Han H Philipsen (HCT-00-FD-FC-0100-2008)
[2008] UGHC 124 Adoption
In Re: Muwanguzi Perez (An Infant) & In Re: An Application For Guardianship By Steven William Denney & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0170-2008) [2008] UGHC 142 Guardianship
In Re: Nathanial Elliot (An Infant) & In Re: An
Application For Legal Guardianship By Isabelle Katherine Maline Coad
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0130-2008)
[2008] UGHC 137 Guardianship
In Re: Nicholas Fehling & Anor (Both Infants) &
In Re: An Application For Guardianship By
Claus Fehling (HCT-00-FD-FC-0072-2008)
[2008] UGHC 138 Guardianship
In Re: Nicholas Mwanje & Anor (Children)
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0078-2009)
[2009] UGHC 45 Guardianship
In Re: An Application of Legal Guardianship by
Daniel Tarrant & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0193-
2008)
[2009] UGHC 26 Guardianship
In Re: Olive Nyamahunge Kwagala (An Infant) & In Re: An Application for Legal Guardianship by
Sllyivia Atonia Nanyonga Tamusuza
(HCT-00-FD-FC-0134-2008)
[2008] UGHC 141 Guardianship
In Re: Patrick Byaruhanga (An Infant) & In Re: An Application For Legal Guardianship By Thomas Underwood & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0194-2008) [2009] UGHC 89 Guardianship
In Re: Paul James Noah Kawuki & 2 Ors (The Infants) & In Re: A Petition by Elvanson Rovincer Nantongo Gentry to Adopt The Infants (Adoption Cause No. 3 of 2005) [2005] UGHC 63 Adoption
In Re: Rose Nakiwala (An Infant) & In Re: An
Application for Appointment as Legal Guardians by Keith Edwin Penner & Anor (HCT-00-FD-FC-0116 OF 2008)
[2008] UGHC 125 Guardianship
In Re: Salem Mukiibi and Ashaf Ssemakula (Minors); In Re: An Application by Hoffman Edward and Olivia Nakawungu Hoffman, Brother-in-law andSister, Respectively (Family Cause No 061 of 2005) [2005] UGHC 30 Guardianship and custody
In Re: Sarah Nyakulu (An Infant) And In Re:
An Application For Legal Guardianship By
Robin Kathleen Hancock (HCT-00-FD-
FC-0113-2008)
[2008] UGHC 132 Guardianship
In Re: Stella Namazzi (An Infant) & In Re: An
Application For Legal Guardianship By Jeff Dyck & Shannon Dyck (HCT-00-FD-FC-0123-2008)
[2008] UGHC 140 Guardianship
In Re: The Children's Act Cap 59; In Re: An
Application for a Guardianship Order by Asiimwe Adidas (Father); In Re: Asaba Junior, Kobusingye Sylivia, Katusiime Lilian, Bihemaiso Isingoma and Baguma Keith (Family Cause No 029 of 2006)
[2006] UGHC 12 Guardianship
In Re: The Children's Act Cap 59; In Re: Kyalimpa Faith; In Re: A Petition By Rev. Beverly Braumuller Hawver(Adoption Order No. 54 of 2005) [2005] UGHC 26 Adoption

Namibia

High Court

 Case  Reference  Issue
Hamutenya v Hamutenya [2005] NAHC 1 Custody and access
Jantjies v Marita Jantjies & 2 Others [2000] NAHC 16 Maintenance

 

Swaziland

High Court

 Case  Reference  Issue
Benita Sciolla  (born Paiva) v Andrew Sciolla [2003] SZHC 4 Control of the child
Bhembe v Somnjalose High School [1998] SZHC 22 Expulsion of a learner from school
Evans v Evans [2009] SZHC 30 Custody
Rex v Gama Majahzitheni [2001] SZHC 4 Fraud
Taft v Taft (BORN Grey) [2004] SZHC 91 Custody and access
Nunn (Born Brollo) v Nunn [2004] SZHC 13 Custody and access

 

Kenya

High Court

 Case  Reference  Issue
In re Boa (Infant) [2007] eKLR Adoption
In re AC (Child) [2007] eKLR Adoption
In re M.N (Infant) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re S.J (Child) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re SWG (A Minor) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re RK (A Minor) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re BM (A Minor) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re S (A Minor) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re CN and another (Children) [2007] eKLR Adoption
In re CW (Infant) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re RWK (A Baby) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re matter of EN (A Child) [2008]eKLR Adoption
In re adoption of JC (Child) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re adoption of JM (Baby) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re BM (A Child) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re GW (A Baby) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re CK (A Minor) [2008] eKLR Adoption
In re LM (A Minor) and MM (A Minor) [2008] eKLR Adoption
S O A v Republic Rape of a minor
Lawi v Republic Neglect of children
Koech and 2 Others v Republic [2007] eKLR Theft by minors
Republic v Lizaria [2007] eKLR Murder
Julius v Republic [2007] eKLR Neglect of a child
Republic v Obed [2008] eKLR Theft by minor
Mkunzo and Another v Republic [2006] eKLR Death sentence applied to minors
Omumbo v Republic [2008] eKLR Rape of a minor
Kiragu v Ndungu [2007] eKLR Custody
Murray v Murray [2007] eKLR Custody
Gathaara v Mwangi [2007] eKLR Custody
Njonge v Gathiomi and 2 Others [2007] eKLR Right to inherit
Mutembei v Karani [2007] eKLR Maintenance and custody
S.O v LAM [2009] eKLR Custody
Momanyi v Carlstrom [2008] eKLR Abusive environment for children
SK v BZ [2009] eKLR Custody
RM and another v Attorney General 2006] eKLR Best interests of the child
Mutembei v Karani [2007] eKLR Denial of paternity
Cheruiyot v Kenya Fluorspar Co Limited [2008] eKLR Expulsion and education

Zimbabwe

Supreme Court

 

 Case  Reference  Issue
Beckford v Beckford [2009] ZWSC 15 Best interests of the child and custody
Dzvova v Minister of   Education Sports and Culture and others [2007] ZWSC 26 Discrimination
Makuni v Makuni [2002] ZWSC 51 Relocation of children to a foreign country
 

High Court

 Case  Reference  Issue
Beckford v Beckford [2006] ZWHHC 124 Best interests of the child and custody
Chikwenengere v Chikwenengere [2005] ZWHHC 103 Custody
Berens v Berens [2009] ZWHHC 4 Custody and education
Cormick v Cormick [2007] ZWHHC 15 Maintenance
Dube v Dube [2002] ZWHHC 64 Custody and maintenance
Erasmus v Erasmus [2007] ZWHHC 40 Custody
Galante v Galante [2002] ZWHHC 31 Custody and domicile of the parent
Govera v Govera [2004] ZWHHC 11 Custody
Harris v Harris [2009] ZWHHC 26 Child abduction
Kumalo v Kumalo [2004] ZWHHC 65 Child abduction
Lothian v Valentine [2007] ZWHHC 78 Custody
Magnus v Magnus [2004] ZWHHC 154 Custody
Mjimba v Mjimba [2006] ZWHHC 125 Custody and maintenance
P v P [2008] ZWHHC 35 Custody and access
Posen v Posen [2002] ZWHHC 194 Hague Convention and custody
Ralph v Van Vuuren [2009] ZWHHC 9 Custody and guardianship
Surtee v Surtee [2008] ZWHHC 7 Custody
Dube (NEE Msimanga) v  Mavako-Dube [2006] ZWBHC 78 Maintenance
Jere v Chitsunge [2003] ZWBHC 10 Custody and access
Jones v Ralmondi [2005] ZWBHC 9 Custody
Masveto v Masveto [2004] ZWBHC 51 Custody and access
Moyo v Moyo [2006] ZWBHC 44 Custody
The State v C.M. (A Juvenile) and another [2003] ZWBHC 67 Theft
S v M [2002] ZWBHC 93 Rape by a minor
The State v Juvenile (R P S) [2003] ZWBHC 1 Sexual relations between minors
Shumba v Shumba [2005] ZWBHC 25 Custody and denial of paternity
Walker v Walker [2002] ZWBHC 57 Maintenance
S v Juvenile (M N) [2003] ZWBHC 2

 

 

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11 August 2017

Law concerning child's biological origins under scrutiny

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In November 2016, the CCL obtained a judgment from the Constitutional Court concerning surrogacy and the child's right to know their biological origins. The CCL had argued that the genetic link required for a surrogacy in South Africa should remain, as this would allow the child to know an aspect of their biological origins, as protected in international law.

The same issue is now being debated by the South African Law Reform Commission who has asked for comments from the public. The CCL will submit comments to the SALRC at the end of this month.

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The Legal Resources Centre, on behalf of the Centre for Child Law and an Eastern Cape school, have launched an application in the Grahamstown High Court to declare the decision made by the Eastern Cape Department of Education to stop funding learners without identity documents, passport or permit numbers unconstitutional. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2urckkN

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