It’s one thing to win in a court of law, but another to win in the court of public opinion

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The Pretoria High Court judgment states that while the medical material and other reports which were used to show the link between a higher Covid-19 coronavirus progression among smokers were inconclusive, there were grounds for government to promulgate regulations 27 and 45 of the Disaster Management Act outlawing the sale of tobacco products and cigarettes. Picture: iStock/ Zhang Rong
The Pretoria High Court judgment states that while the medical material and other reports which were used to show the link between a higher Covid-19 coronavirus progression among smokers were inconclusive, there were grounds for government to promulgate regulations 27 and 45 of the Disaster Management Act outlawing the sale of tobacco products and cigarettes. Picture: iStock/ Zhang Rong

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Anybody who’s ever been in the dock will attest that in the absence of those funny wigs, there’s seldom anything funny about our judges.

Yet their orthodoxly stern demeanour notwithstanding, in South Africa the concept of justice might be a pipe dream without their insightful refereeing.

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