COVID-19: Eased lockdown and rule of law
Guidelines to what you can or cannot do, avoid fines and jail time

Monday 25 May 2020 from 1 - 2 pm​​​​​​​

About The Webinar

Our government has enforced a national lockdown with the aim to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned anyone who contravenes the regulations of the nationwide lockdown will be guilty of a criminal offence and will be liable to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or both.

What are the guidelines, do’s and don’ts in terms of the lockdown regulations, admission of guilt fines and arrests during lockdown?

Join us at this live webinar where legal experts will weigh in, help us navigate the new regulated lockdown world of COVID-19 and ensure we are more savvy about our legal rights. Questions are welcome when you register for the webinar and during the live session itself.
Webinar will discuss legal implications of some of these issues:

What about the functioning and operation of the courts during the
lockdown? When and how courts may be approached for relief and
effects on pending litigation?

● What should I do if I am stopped by a member of the SAPS, SANDF or any state authority when I have left my home during lockdown?

● What about the manner in which the police and other law enforcement agencies enforce the regulations? What if they abuse their authority?

● If arrested, what are my rights? Does a lockdown fine mean I get a
criminal record?

● Can I get a divorce during lockdown? If not now, which level of

● Can I move house? Can my family and I move between provinces?

● Can children move between parents or relatives?

● How do I get a permit?

● Is it legal that one jogs to the nearby shop to buy essential items at any time? Can one be fined for such “exercising”?

● Can one sue the government if one had suffered from alcohol or cigarettes withdrawal symptoms due to the ban of sale?

● What if I cannot pay my rent during lockdown? Can I be evicted during
the lockdown?

● Is Covid-19 contact tracing really legal and doesn’t it infringe on one’s
rights to privacy?

● Is it a criminal offence to refuse testing, treatment or isolation?

● Legally, can the government define what essential items should be for sale?

● How do you define essential service and how can I register my business as an essential service? What businesses are allowed to open and how to ensure compliance?

● Who will be liable for interruptions to supply chains and breach of contractual obligations?
● Can I not go to work legally if I think my workplace is not safe?​​​​​​​

  • Mvuzo Notyesi, Attorney and Director at Mvuzo Notyesi

    Mvuzo is President of the Law Society of South Africa and also
    President of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers. He holds the BProc and LLB degrees from the University of Transkei and was admitted as an attorney in 1999. He has been a Council member and a member of the Management Committee of the LSSA for three years. He represents the LSSA on the Judicial Service Commission and is Chairperson of the Notyesi Foundation, which awards bursaries to disadvantaged students to attend university. He is a board member of SAFLII and an advocate of women empowerment and access to justice by disadvantaged communities.​​​​​​​

  • William Booth, Criminal Law Committee Chairperson and Cape Town Attorney

    William is a Criminal Defence Attorney based in Cape Town. He was the Chairperson of the former Cape Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee and is currently the Chairperson of the Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA) Criminal Law Committee. He also serves on the LSSA’s Legal Aid Committee. William was a former Councillor of the Cape Law Society and a former Councillor of the Law Society of South Africa.​​​​​​​

  • Michael Avery, Anchor of Classic Business, Classic FM and Presenter for Business Day TV

    ​​​​​​​Will Be Moderating this Webinar

  • About The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA)

    Since 1998, LSSA brings together the Black Lawyers Association, the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and provincial attorneys’ associations,  in representing the attorneys’ profession in South Africa.  It aims to promote, on a national basis, the common interests of members of the profession and the welfare of the profession, having regard at all times to the broader interests of the public whom the profession serves, and to endeavour to reconcile, where they may conflict, the interests of the profession and the public. It’s objective is to uphold, safeguard and advance the rule of law, the administration of justice, the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of South Africa.

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  • Mvuzo Notyesi

    Attorney and Director at Mvuzo Notyesi

  • William Booth

    Criminal Law Committee Chairperson and Cape Town Attorney

  • Michael Avery

    Anchor of Classic Business, Classic 1027 and Presenter for Business Day TV

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