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Innocent bystanders – liability of SAPS during the July 2021 lootings

In July 2021, South Africa was ravaged by lootings and violent protests following the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma. Reports suggest that as many as 117 people have been killed and hundreds of businesses were lost or destroyed as a result of the violence that erupted during demonstrations across the country.

Riots due to inequality? Not likely

South Africa saw its most destructive riots in years this past July, ostensibly in response to former President Jacob Zuma's imprisonment and due to socio-economic factors. The Constitutional Court's sentencing of Zuma was widely hailed as a victory for the Rule of Law, but the commentariat in many cases remains blissfully unaware of its diagnostic blindspots.

Supply chains – recrafting & repairing after the violence & looting

ALONG with responsible, like-minded, and frightened South Africans, we looked on in growing horror two weeks ago as parts of our county were engulfed by acts of public violence, flames, and wanton looting. More tragic is that so many lives have been lost.

Banking and economic environment in the first half of 2021

Operating conditions in the first half of 2021 were better than we expected at the start of the year. This was evident in upward revisions to GDP growth, vaccine rollouts gathering pace and positive developments on key reforms in SA.

STUDY | Refugees face challenges with processes and delays

Although welcomed by South Africa, refugees and asylum seekers encounter a number of obstacles when they want to exercise their rights with regard to international law, the South African Constitution and refugee law. My doctoral study entailed a comprehensive analysis of the law and state practice on the integration of refugees in South Africa.

Are you concerned medicine supply chain disruptions could impact your health?

The recent civil unrest raised many concerns about medicine supply chain continuity, particularly for people living with chronic health conditions and those with higher clinical risk. The good news is that when a particular medicine is not available, there is usually no need for treatment to be disrupted.

More dovish MPC kept repo rate at 3.5%, effect of riots...

Despite perceiving the overall risks to CPI as on the upside, all five members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 3.5%. The repo rate has been on this level since 23 July 2020.

BI insurance – what all businesses can learn from the riots

The latest riots and looting in South Africa have been utterly devastating for local businesses. When the dust eventually settles, the reality is that many businesses are going to have a tough time bouncing back from the destruction. Those that are able to pick up the pieces will be the ones that have business interruption insurance in place.

Civil unrest and public looting – managing key employment issues

Employers seeking an appropriate response to the civil unrest and public looting in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of South Africa will have to consider different factual circumstances. As a result of the civil unrest and public looting in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and elsewhere, employers may face one of the three scenarios.


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