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Testing times as courts overrule smoking bans

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With many more challenges to the legality of the rules and the nation’s Disaster Management Act still pending, the courts will certainly be put to the test in the coming months.


29 Jun 2020
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Testing times as courts overrule smoking bans

A recent amendment to the Promotion of Access to Information Act was enacted to give effect to a Constitutional Court judgment which will promote transparency in political party funding. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks

President Cyril Ramaphosa has repeatedly said all South Africans “have a right to approach our courts” to challenge lockdown regulations. While the “double standards” of some of the lockdown restrictions imposed have been puzzling to say the least, the president has insisted these regulations have been put in place with the well-being of the people at heart. And if you don’t like it, you are welcome to challenge it in court, Ramaphosa has said. “The exercise of the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and speech is a barometer of the good health of our democracy,” Ramaphosa said in his weekly...

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