CARMEL RICKARD: The law in lockdown
With the world at a standstill due to the spread of the coronavirus, judges may increasingly be called upon to dispense justice digitally
One of the most interesting things about reading judgments from other parts of the world is seeing Africa through the eyes of a court in another jurisdiction. A judge rules that someone from Uganda, for example, is not to be repatriated because, as a lesbian, her life is at risk. Or someone is sought for extradition and trial, and the judge must decide if the prison system in Malawi accords with international standards of space and hygiene before ruling on deportation.
This week it was the turn of SA. And the issue at stake is one that Pretoria’s new Covid-19 regulations tries to manage: the fate of shuttle-children who must move back and forth between parents who don’t live together.