South Africa

Costs order a lesson about 'frivolous' Covid-19 claims - labour court

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South Africa's National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) brought a case to the labour court last week that is important for several reasons, not least because of crucial allegations raised - and dismissed - about the availability of crucial protection for health workers at the frontline of the country's battle against Covid-19.

Court slams lawyers for not having COVID-19 permits to appear in case

A South African judge has strongly criticised a group of lawyers who appeared in an urgent case that, among other things, dealt with access to water by residents of a municipality affected by a political dispute. The judge said that the lawyers were irresponsible and unprofessional because they had not obtained the permits required to attend a court case under COVID-19 lockdown regulations.


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