03 April 2020 – Appointed judge to monitor database of COVID-19 patients

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Emergency government
Sectors Involved: Testing and tracing
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The Government of South Africa Appointed a COVID-19 designate Judge under the terms of the Disaster Management Act.

The Designate judge is to be updated with weekly reports by the Director General of Health setting out the names and details of all persons whose locations and movements are being included in the national database of those suspected to have a COVID contact.

The Judge may make recommendations to cabinet as she sees fit in order to safeguard the right to privacy of these persons while ensuring the ability of the Department of Health to test and trace contacts.
Full details here: https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister-ronald-lamola-appoints-justice-kate-o%E2%80%99regan-coronavirus-covid-19-designate-judge-3