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Social Justice Café: COVID-19 in Africa

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  • Topic: COVID-19 in Africa
  • Panelists: Dr. Justice Alfred Mavedzenge, Dr. Mashaï Mwangola, Prof. Oagile Key Dingake
  • Date: 2 June 2020, 10:00-11:30
  • Venue: The virtual dialogue will be conducted via Microsoft Teams

In commemoration of Africa month and the African dream that seeded the African Union, the conversation seeks to scrutinize Africa’s policy responses to the Coronavirus Covid-19 with a view to assessing congruence with the rule of law and social justice imperatives

The esteemed pannelists from Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa will answer questions seeking to:

  • Clarify what has happened in the policy-regulatory environment since the advent of the Coronavirus Covid-19
  • The level of congruence between the policy choices and the dictates of the rule of law ( using the 4 world Justice Forum requirements that are:

    • Accountability including participatory democracy
    • Just laws including human rights and the right to equal treatment
    • Open government – opacity
    • Accessible justice
  • The level of congruence with international law obligations such as article 4 of the CCPR regulating derogations during states of emergency
  • Level of congruence with national constitutions and the law
  • Extent of use of differentiated responses and implications for social justice for historically disadvantaged groups such as women, rural communities and historically discriminated social classes, and impact on peace
  • Conclusions, which should include consideration for a disaster management framework at multilateral level or strong Covid- Guidelines covering health, economic rights and social rights.
  • Recommendations to appropriate principalities including governments, civil society, the African Union and the United Nations.

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By Chair in Social Justice team
Published 1 June 2020

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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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