The courts and Covid-19

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The Covid-19 coronavirus might not be a disaster in the ordinary meaning of the word. As when faced with a tsunami, most people cannot protect themselves against it. It requires extraordinary measures, and the responsibility to provide such protection rests with the state. Picture: GCIS
The Covid-19 coronavirus might not be a disaster in the ordinary meaning of the word. As when faced with a tsunami, most people cannot protect themselves against it. It requires extraordinary measures, and the responsibility to provide such protection rests with the state. Picture: GCIS

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For the affluent, who can practise social distancing – and keep the vulnerable masses at bay – because they benefited from the exploitation and conquest of the majority, a disaster will have a different meaning. They have the resources and capacity outside the state to protect themselves. And the rich will be the first to use the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to fight off anything they regard as an invasion of or intrusion on their “rights”.

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