COVID-19

The new era of COVID-19 legal paternalism and the limitation of fundamental human rights

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world saw an unprecedented wave of paternalistic government public health policies being implemented around the globe. ‘Legal paternalism seems to imply that since […]

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Universal Health Coverage: Has the COVID-19 pandemic brought about the need for access to health for all?

The questions around the access to COVID-19 vaccines have raised debates globally and the challenges of the vaccination roll outs in South Africa (SA) have left the majority of citizens […]

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Are fundamental human rights being eroded during the COVID-19 pandemic? A discussion of the Brits application

The Constitution of South Africa’s (SA’s) ‘Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the […]

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Can government mandate the COVID-19 vaccine against your will? A discussion on international human rights law

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, asserted that a COVID-19 vaccine will be ‘as mandatory as you can possibly make it’ while South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the other hand […]

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Minister Lamola sends a message of appreciation while tabling OCJ’s budget to the National Assembly

By Kgomotso Ramotsho The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, tabled the budget of the National Department: Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) to the National Assembly on […]

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Standing up to government in public interest litigation – does it really effect change?

A mere 15 minutes’ walk from former president Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, the Nkungumathe community has been waiting since 1996 for a new school to be built. The community […]

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New legislation – June 2021

Legislation published from 1 – 30 April 2021 Commencement of Acts Marine Spatial Planning Act 16 of 2018. Commencement: 1 April 2021. Proc4 GG44383/1-4-2021 (also available in isiZulu). Customs and […]

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Limiting human rights during COVID-19 – is it only legitimate if it is proportional?

The normative standards in international human rights obligate governments to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all people in their territory. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 […]

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Is a perfect storm on the way?

I am not aware of any previous period in history, when numerous events taking place simultaneously, have had such a profound impact on legal practice in South Africa (SA). At […]

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Driver’s licence and own vehicle no longer an employment requirement

As 2021 begins amidst the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa (SA) was moved back to Adjusted Alert Level 3, on 29 December 2020, in order to curb the […]

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