n Without Prejudice - ! Checkmating the Stalingrad gambit : the law

Volume 10, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



Recent court pronouncements have highlighted a disturbing approach to litigation that is burgeoning in South Africa. A Stalingrad gambit is being adopted, where a litigant uses every stratagem available to oppose, obstruct, or delay the efficient and effective determination of matters - a kind of ''scorched earth'' policy that is designed to exhaust the opponent rather deal with the merits of the case. Experience shows that the current system gives many opportunities to a party to litigation to exercise power to wear down an opponent, rather than obtain a final result.

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