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The lockdown is unconstitutional! The North Gauteng High Court’s decision in De Beer and Others v Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (21542/2020)
Suppliers of items like toilet paper, surgical masks and even basic foodstuffs have an almost unprecedented ability to manipulate and profit from radical price increases. Thankfully, on 19 March 2020, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel, stepped in to prevent such abuse.
While lawyers continue to provide advice, consulting and commercial services, the directives issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act will have a profound effect on some litigious matters and the way matters are handled in court, as they will restrict and limit access to courts and judicial functions.