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Malema tells EFF to defy lockdown rules

EFF leader Julius Malema has launched a scathing attack on government, instructing his members to defy lockdown regulations until more coronavirus vaccines were procured.

Mother suing for womb removal without knowledge

An Eastern Cape mother is suing the provincial Health Department for R3m after a doctor removed her womb, allegedly without her knowledge, when she developed an infection after her Caesarean section, says a DispatchLIVE report. 

SARS move on school fees for disabled under fire

SARS’ continued attack on the ability of taxpayers to claim relief for the education costs of the disabled has been described as ‘mean and disrespectful’, according to a Moneyweb report.

Extended: The Rights of Grieving Parents to Choose Burial After Pregnancy Loss

Expectant parents who lose a pregnancy before 26 weeks (the age set by the Births and Deaths Registration Act (BADRA) in its definition of “still-born”) have until now had no right to bury their foetus, which had to be incinerated as “medical waste”.

Doctor's tweet viewed as race hatred

A racist tweet by a Durban man could see him in hot water after a Durban civic association sought to lay criminal charges against him for utterances that have been shared several times on social media, says a Daily News report.

Unborn baby case offers dignity, but not to all

The judgment by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) in The Voice of the Unborn Baby case – that most parents who lose a child prior to birth have a right to bury their baby’s bodily remains, irrespective of the stage of foetal development – is a victory to be celebrated by all.

Poultry giant wins landmark service delivery order

Poultry giant Astral Foods has taken government, including National Treasury, to court and won a landmark order to secure better service delivery at municipal level in the Standerton area, where it has one of its biggest processing facilities, says a Moneyweb report.

Settlement reached on access to Ivermectin

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) and various parties fighting for the use of Ivermectin to treat Covid-19 have reached a settlement on access to the drug, notes a News24 report.

Two-year target for cannabis 'master plan'

The possession and cultivation of cannabis for private use is expected to be passed into law in two years’ time, according to what a Moneyweb report terms a ‘master plan’.

Hospital staff negligent in missing corpse case

Maladministration and improper conduct on the part of Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital staff were responsible for the disappearance of a corpse in 2013, the Public Protector has found.

Judge rules 'hurtful' foetus burial law unconstitutional

Would-be parents have been given the right to bury the remains of a foetus, if they so wish, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has ruled.

R4 for truck driver after doctors' negligence

The Limpopo MEC for Health has been ordered by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), to pay R4.8m in damages to a truck driver who needed surgery.

Pfizer demands indemnity before vaccine delivery

Pfizer is demanding that SA’s Health and Finance Ministers personally sign a Covid-19 vaccine supply agreement so that it is indemnified from any claims over the shot made against it in the country.

Nine life terms plus 173 years for rape of stepdaughter

The 46-year-old man who raped his 10-year-old stepdaughter close to 1 000 times over five years has been sentenced to nine life terms in the KZN High Court (Durban), according to a TimesLIVE report.

Doctor not liable for failure to detect Down syndrome

A full Bench of the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has refused to hold a gynaecologist liable for not detecting Down syndrome during the pregnancy of a patient.

‘Payment in kind’ ruling heading to SCA

A judge has ruled that the time has come for the development of the common law to accept the principle that in certain circumstances payment for damages be made in kind and not in cash.

Home Affairs ordered to register single father’s baby

In what The Herald calls a ground-breaking judgment, a court has ordered the Department of Home Affairs to register ‘Baby J’ within 30 days.

Eastern Cape scrambling to deal with claims

Raising serious concerns about spiralling medico-legal claims against the Eastern Cape Department of Health, the province’s MEC for Finance, Mlungisi Mvoko, said damages payouts due to medical negligence for the past financial year totalled R920m.

Private sector not barred from vaccine deals

AfriForum and Solidarity have urged the private sector to push on with the purchase and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines after claiming the government has conceded in court papers there were no legal restrictions preventing the sector from doing so.

Motor-neuron disease patient argues for right to die

In spite of a lot of literature being available online about self-administered suicide, Diethelm Harck (71), who suffers from motor-neuron disease, is adamant that when the time comes and he chooses to go this route, he wants a doctor to administer a lethal dose which would kill him.

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