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Saturday, September 4, 2010

South African suspects face delays during strike

A top South African lawyer says people whose trials have been delayed because of a nationwide civil service strike could end up suing the government for damages.
Paul Hoffman, director of the independent Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, said Friday that those whose trials have been delayed could demand to be released.

Court administrative staff are taking part in the nationwide strike, which is now on its third week.

Among the court hearings delayed was one for the man who has been charged in connection with the car crash that killed Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter in June.

The strikers are demanding an 8.6 percent wage raise, and they have rejected the government's 7.5 percent offer.A top South African lawyer says people whose trials have been delayed because of a nationwide civil service strike could end up suing the government for damages.

Paul Hoffman, director of the independent Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, said Friday that those whose trials have been delayed could demand to be released.

Court administrative staff are taking part in the nationwide strike, which is now on its third week.

Among the court hearings delayed was one for the man who has been charged in connection with the car crash that killed Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter in June.

The strikers are demanding an 8.6 percent wage raise, and they have rejected the government's 7.5 percent offer.

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