Lockdown: an extension may not even be legal
A court may have to determine whether the means (the lockdown) are reasonably capable of achieving its intention (to save lives by curbing the spread of the virus)
At this point, more than two-thirds of SA’s unprecedented Covid-19 lockdown is behind us. If the daily infection numbers are anything to go by, measures to enforce social distancing are working. Two weeks ago, health minister Zweli Mkhize warned that a celebration would be premature since we may be just experiencing the calm before the storm.
Then, on the eve of Good Friday, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown would continue for another two weeks despite the apparent drop in confirmed cases in recent weeks. Ramaphosa justified his decision by referring to the global increase in infections and the fact that more developed countries are failing to deal with the spread of the virus...