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Statement and Policy Brief in the face of the Coronavirus COVID-19


We, social justice practitioners and activists from civil society and the academic community gathered under the auspices of the Law Trust Chair in Social Justice, came together to discuss and assess the social justice and implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 (Covid-19) pandemic and the policy responses to it. The exercise also considered constitutional compliance of the policies in question, comprising Regulations, Directions, Guidelines, Statements and By-laws issued by government under the Disaster Management Act 57, of 2002.

Our intervention is motivated by concern over the global health threat posed by COVID-19, and the implications of this pandemic and policy responses to it for social justice, as reflected in equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms, the rule of law and peace.

The purpose of the dialogue was to identify, review and assess the policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, noting what has worked, not worked and why, and to emerge with proposals designed to engage key sectors of society for more socially just responses and outcomes.

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By Chair in Social Justice team
Published 28 April 2020

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About the Chair:

Professor Thulisile “Thuli” Madonsela, an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, heads the Centre for Social Justice and is a law professor at the University of Stellenbosch, where she conducts and coordinates social justice research and teaches constitutional and administrative law.

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