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Class actions have the potential to be abused by plaintiffs, for example where a large number of claims are brought for trifling amounts and there is no public policy issue. Whether a class action for a small recovery can be pursued will be decided at the certification stage of proceedings, but by then large amounts of time and resources will have been lost. A possible way to limit the abuse of class actions is to…
Amendments to the Prescribed Rate of Interest Act are on the horizon. The Judicial Matters Amendment Bill, 2015 seeks to change the prescribed rate of interest to the repurchase rate (the rate at which banks borrow rands from the Reserve Bank) determined by the South African Reserve Bank, plus 3.5% per year. The reasoning behind the proposed change is to create uniformity and to take prevailing market conditions into account in prescribing the rate of…