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Legal fees dispute delays 'right to die' case

The ‘right to die’ test case has been stalling for several months due to a dispute about the payment of transcription costs, Die Burger reports.

Top judge calls for courtroom Covid-19 lockdown

Gauteng Deputy Judge President Roland Sutherland has reportedly revealed that the judiciary is considering allowing only vaccinated people to gain access to courts.

Vaccine certificates now online

South Africans can now apply for a Covid-19 digital vaccine certificate through a digital vaccination certificate portal, the Department of Health said on Friday, reports the Mail & Guardian.

Private hospitals mandate jabs for staff

Private hospital groups Mediclinic and Life Healthcare have introduced Covid-19 vaccination policies for staff and service providers, joining a steadily growing number of JSE-listed companies that have followed the lead of life and health insurer Discovery.

Walking the “Compulsory Covid-19 Jab” Tightrope

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, an increasing number of businesses find themselves walking a tightrope between their obligations to, on the one hand, both protect the public and provide a safe and healthy workplace, and on the other hand to respect the individual constitutional rights of employees to make their own choices in matters of bodily and psychological integrity, religion, belief and opinion.

Church wants ConCourt to extend foetus burial rights

Foetuses which failed to survive past 26 weeks have in the past been effectively considered ‘medical waste’ under the Births and Deaths Registration Act and have, as a result, been incinerated.

‘Marriage that wasn't' finally declared invalid

Elize O’Brien (42) – a mother of four married for more than 15 years to a man she has never met in her life – has had her ‘marriage’ entered into in February 2006 declared invalid.

UCT senate backs mandatory jabs

Plans to introduce mandatory Covid-19 vaccination among staff and students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are one step closer after a resounding vote by the university’s senate.

Sapo workers face loss of medical aid cover

About 15 000 SA Post Office (Sapo) employees and pensioners may have no medical aid from next month after the Medipos medical scheme told them it was cutting them off because it is owed R602m in member contributions by the postal service, according to a Sunday Times report.

Vaccinations and the right to bodily integrity

UCT’s senate is set to consider a motion today requesting that the university council institute a mandate requiring all staff and students – not exempted on medical or constitutional grounds – to provide acceptable proof of having been vaccinated against Covid-19.

DisChem temps charged with vaccine card fraud

Pharmacy chain Dis-Chem has confirmed an isolated incident of fraudulent vaccination cards being issued at its Krugersdorp President Square vaccination site.

Ambulances, RAF impasse affects crash scenes

Injured motor vehicle accident victims are having to wait up to an hour for an ambulance as private ambulances are refusing to attend to crash scenes as their battle over non-payments with the Road Accident Fund (RAF) remain unresolved.

Ramaphosa 'approved Zuma medical parole'

Two unnamed City Press sources have claimed what many others have already suggested must have happened – that President Cyril Ramaphosa gave Correctional Services boss Arthur Fraser the green light to authorise the release of former President Jacob Zuma from prison.

Freeing Zuma nothing to do with me

The Minister of Justice & Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, has distanced himself from the recently granted medical parole of former President Jacob Zuma, saying he was not involved, notes a Cape Times report.

Life Esidimeni 'architects' still haven't faced the music

Covid-19 restrictions as well as the unavailability of witnesses and documents are some of the excuses that professional health bodies have put forward for why disciplinary hearings against officials implicated in the Life Esidimeni tragedy have still not commenced, says a News24 report.

Fraser admits: I overruled medical board

Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser has admitted he overruled a recommendation that former President Jacob Zuma should not be released on medical parole.

Zuma given medical parole by his former spy boss

Without having spent any time in a cell, former President Jacob Zuma has been granted medical parole, approved by his associate and former spy boss, Arthur Fraser.

Discovery gets legal backing for compulsory staff jabs

Discovery has become the first high-profile company to implement compulsory Covid-19 vaccines for its 12 950 employees, according to a Beeld report.

Vaccination card plan soon

The vaccination card, which the government doesn’t want referred to as a vaccination passport, will not deprive people of their basic human rights, Health Minister Joe Phaahla reportedly told News24 yesterday.

A reflection on the implications of Covid-19 measures for learners from a constitutional law perspective

There is a growing body of literature on the short- to long-term effects of the pandemic on ECD learners, but the bulk of it comes from the medical and socioeconomic perspectives.

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