The School of Law held a successful research, writing and mentorship retreat at Magoebaskloof hotel in Tzaneen from 24 to 26 April 2019. The retreat, which was attended by about 25 academics drawn from all the six departments in the School, was facilitated by three external experts from Rhodes University, Fort Hare and North West University. The focus areas of the retreat were supervision generally, single and co-supervision, supervision styles and mentorship, choosing journals and editorial considerations. The highly interactive retreat was generously funded by the Directorate of Research and Innovation. Participants at the retreat were divided into mentorship groups and a number of draft papers and abstracts were shared and more than 20 papers are expected to be published through the mentorship programme.

The external facilitators who graced the retreat were Prof Iya from North West University, Prof Juma from Rhodes University and Prof Van Coller from the University of Fort Hare. The chairpersons for the sessions on the second and third day were Dr Lubaale and Mrs Mokoena from the departments of Jurisprudence and Public Law respectively. The rapporteur for the second day was advocate Joubert, the HOD for the Department of Jurisprudence while rapporteurs in the breakaway sessions were Mr Raphulu, Mr Musekene, Ms Letuka and Mrs Mokoena.

SALIENT ASPECTS OF THE RETREAT

The first day was dedicated to planning around the future in the context of the School having obtained full accreditation for the LLB programme. It was therefore resolved that the new focus should now be strengthening the postgraduate programme by introducing another LLM in Mercantile Law and a PhD/LLD in law. The second day was dedicated to research supervision and mentorship in supervision with specific reference to LLB supervision, masters and doctoral supervision. Roles and responsibilities were discussed as well as the institutional landscape obtaining at UNIVEN. All the three facilitators played very important roles in the supervision slot. Colleagues from the Directorate of Research and Innovation addressed members of the School on important issues. The last day was dedicated to research writing for publication and this happened in breakaway group sessions where ideas for papers, abstracts, draft papers and full papers were discussed. Mentors were also allocated to mentees as will be shown later in this report.

RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS IN PICTURES

The pictures below, accompanied by explanatory captions, aptly summarise what transpired at the retreat.

Some of the Retreat participants posing for a group photo with facilitators

Retreat participants showing their appreciation

Day two was preceded by expository presentations before robust interactions

Plenary Proceedings on day two

Some of the attendees paying attention on day three

One of the facilitators, Prof van Coller, on challenges of co-supervision

TANGIBLE OUTCOMES

The retreat was a success and the School managed to compile a list of draft and complete papers together with target journals in some instances. The list of mentors and mentees as well as the papers they are currently working on appears immediately below. The dean and vice-dean will aggressively follow up on the progress of the planned papers and update the School every three months.

List of Mentors and Mentees and their envisaged research outputs

Criminal & Procedural Law

 

Author

 

 

 

Mentor

 

Title

 

Status

 

Proposed

Journal

Prof Jegede

 

n/a
The role of human rights in implementing CDR geoengineering options in South Africa

 

Abstract in response to a call by Climate Law Journal for a conference in China in 2020
Climate Law Journal

(accredited)

Adv Malange &

Mr Rangoato

 

Prof vd Walt
The Decision to Charge and to Prosecute in Light of The Constitution: A South African Perspective
Draft paper
SA Journal of Criminal Justice or

SA Crime Quarterly

Prof Jegede &

Prof vd Walt

 

Prof Jegede
Constructing the law of criminal negligence as a climate change intervention in South Africa.

 

Concept note
Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PELJ)
Prof vd Walt &

Ms Milne

 

n/a
Section 60(11) vs Section 342A of the Criminal Procedure Act: A critical analysis of the unreported Eastern Cape High Court review decision (Review No 170002).

 

Draft Paper
Speculum Juris
Ms Mawila

 

Prof Jegede &

Prof van der Walt

Detention of illegal immigrants – fair trial rights
Concept
 
Mr Lubisi

 

Prof Jegede

&

Prof Iya

Civil Liability for Injuries and Fatalities Occurring in South African Initiation Schools: A Medical Jurisprudence Perspective

 

Draft abstract
Proposed Journal: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Mercantile and Private Law

Author
Mentor
Title
Status
Journal
Prof Ndlovu & Ms. Madima
Prof Ndlovu
Exploring the prospects of integrating intellectual property across the LLB curriculum at the University of Venda, South Africa
Draft paper
Journal of Legal Education
Ndlovu, Oira, Iyer, Sihanya
Prof Ndlovu
Broadcast Copyright Protection in Kenya and South Africa: A Comparative Analysis
Draft paper
P.E.R (IBSS)
Ms Letuka & Prof Jegede
Prof Jegede
International human rights law and the access of children of asylum seekers to social assistance in SA
Draft paper
No  Journal yet
Adv. Joubert & Dr Mothibi
Dr Mothibi
Ignorantia juris non excusat: Police without Defence
Draft paper
Acta Criminologica
Ms Mkhabele & Ms Simbo
Prof Ndlovu & Anyone interested in legal education
A legal analysis of outcomes based education
abstract
SA Journal of Education
Mr Maloka
Mr Maloka
Evolving jurisprudence on termination of employment arising from judicial declaration of invalidity of appointment
Abstract
SA Public Law/

Stellenbosch Law Review

Mr Maloka & Ms Letuka
Mr Maloka
Excessive Pricing in the context of the Sasol Decision
Abstract
Speculum Juris

 

Mr Maloka
Stalin Grad maneuvers, the derailing of the administration of justice and disciplinary process: new dimensions and questions on the outlook of contemporary South African Litigation Culture
abstract
No Journal  yet
Adv. Shibambu
Mr. Maloka
A Legal analysis of Illegal Mining Ventures in SA: Socio Economic Rights Perspectives
Draft paper
No journal
Adv. Shibambu
Prof Ndlovu
The interface between traditional indigenous inventorship and access to information in south African Rural communities
Abstract
Intellectual Property Law Journal

 

Criminal Justice

 

Author

 

 

 

Mentor

 

Title

 

Status

 

Proposed

Journal

Ms Madima, Mr Tshidada, Dr Mothibi, Mr Musekene Mr Sithuga
Dr Mothibi
Adverse effects affecting patients’ safety in selected public hospital in Polokwane Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa
Draft paper ready for submission
Acta Criminologica/ Journal of Social Sciences
Mr Musekene & Dr Mothibi
Dr Mothibi
Implementation and coordination of Social crime prevention: A challenge for Municipalities in South Africa
Draft paper
Acta Criminologica
Madima K and Mothibi
Dr Mothibi
 Effectiveness of Public Order Policing (POP) strategies in curbing common acts of violence during service delivery protests
Under review
Acta Criminologica
Sithuga, Mothibi  and   Van der Walt
Dr Mothibi
Community perspective on public Vigilantism: A case of Thulamela and Musina within Vhembe District in the Limpopo Province.
abstract
Criminology and Criminal Justice Journal
 Tshidada  and Magadze
Dr Mothibi
Ex offenders’ perceptions towards their sexual Victimization during incarceration: A case study of Sinthumule area under Makhado Local Municipality, Limpopo Province
Draft paper
Acta Criminologica/ International Journal of Social Science

 

Madima and Sithuga
Dr Mothibi
Policing   of  unrests : A challenge for Public order policing Unit in Limpopo
Draft paper
Criminology and Criminal Justice Journal

 

Sithuga, Madima, Musekene, Tshidada and Mothibi
Dr Mothibi
Safety and security measures at the University of Venda, Limpopo Province
Abstract
Criminology and Criminal Justice Journal

Jurisprudence & Public Law

 

Author

 

 

 

Mentor

 

Title

 

Status

 

Proposed

Journal

Ms Mopai
 
To transfer or not to transfer the bride: The role of living customary law in the validation of customary marriages
Draft paper
Ms Mokoena
Case note on Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and Another v Minister of Energy and Others 2017 (5) SA 227 (WCC),
Concept paper (idea)
Mr Mhuru
 
Consolidating Democracy in Zimbabwe’
Concept paper (idea)
Dr Lubaale
 
Assessing the human rights implications of calls for regulations of religion, belief and thought
Abstract
Ms Lansink
 
Legal and normative pluralism in South Africa and Ecuador’
Draft paper
 
Adv. Raphulu
Revisiting the law of sale rule on the passing of risk
Concept paper (idea)
 
 
 
 
 

 

PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

Three main research events are planned for the future, namely further mentorship in supervision, with a specific bias towards the institutional policy landscape and requirements for supervision and co-supervision; writing grant proposals and hosting a writers’ retreat for those participants who will see through their research plans as recorded under ‘tangible outcomes’ above. The first workshop is scheduled for the second week of August 2019.

Prof L. Ndlovu

Dean:  School of Law

22/05/2019