Santam's lockdown claims case begins on Tuesday - will it be a watershed moment?

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A general view of Santam Insurance Head Office on June 24, 2020 
Photo: Gallo Images/Jacques Stander
A general view of Santam Insurance Head Office on June 24, 2020 Photo: Gallo Images/Jacques Stander

As Santam's lockdown claims case heads to court on Tuesday, many businesses in the tourism and hospitality industries are looking to it as a possible breakthrough for the sectors in intensive care.

But analysts have warned of a long road ahead, irrespective of whose argument wins the day.

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw, managing director at Schoeman Law Inc., said the business interruption claims case against Santam would only answer one question - whether the insurer was liable for the losses its clients incurred when government ordered them to stop operating under the lockdown.

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