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66 judgments found.


Member of the Executive Council for Health and Social Development of the Gauteng Provincial Government v. DZ obo WZ

Country: South Africa
Year: 2017
Court: Constitutional Court of South Africa
Citation: 2017 (12) BCLR 1528 (CC)
Health Topics: Child and adolescent health, Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health care and health services, Hospitals
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to health, Right to life
Facts:

The respondent – DZ in this case gave birth to WZ. Due to prolonged labour, DZ suffered from asphyxation, which led to cerebral palsy. WZ brought an action for damages on behald of DZ on the account of negligence of the hopsital staff. The Medical of the Executive Council (MEC) for health admitted negligence on …Read more

Tags: Access to health care, Access to treatment, Childbirth, Children, Damages, Duty of care, Health facilities, Inadequate treatment, Infant, Infant health, Maternal health, Minor, Negligence, Neurological diseases, Pediatric health, Pregnancy, Public hospitals, Remedies, Standard of care
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Preez v. Pretorius

Country: South Africa
Year: 2017
Court: Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa
Citation: [2017] ZASCA 133
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Hospitals, Informed consent, Medical malpractice
Human Rights: Right of access to information, Right to health
Facts:

The Appellant was diagnosed with testicular cancer and his left testicle was surgically removed. He did not like the oncologist who was refered by the surgeon and decided to go for alternative therapies. The respondent practised alternative therapies and treated the appellant for more than a year. The Appellant went back to conventional treatment and …Read more

Tags: Compensation, Damages, Duty of care, Inadequate treatment, Negligence, Standard of care
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Pane v. The Member of Executive Council for Health

Country: South Africa
Year: 2016
Court: High Court of South Africa, Free State Division, Bloemfontein
Citation: Case No. 131/2013
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Hospitals, Informed consent, Medical malpractice, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity
Facts:

The appellant suffered an incomplete miscarriage and was admitted into the Manapo Hospital on the same day. A uterine evacuation was conducted. She alleges that she was discharged despite constant pain and swelling in her abdomen. She was given antibiotics and was instructed to come back for a check-up if she does not feel better. …Read more

Tags: Access to treatment, Clinics, Duty of care, Health facilities, Negligence, Patient choice, Public hospitals, Remedies, Standard of care
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Links v. Member of the Executive Council, Northern Cape Province

Country: South Africa
Year: 2016
Court: The Constitutional Court of South Africa
Citation: [2016] ZACC 10
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Hospitals, Informed consent, Medical malpractice
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity
Facts:

The applicant worked as a cleaner and dislocated his left thumb. He went to Kimberlery Hospital for medical treatment and he was sent home after a plaster of paris case was put on his left hand and forearm and was asked to come after 10 days. He returned to the hospital before the stipulated time …Read more

Tags: Clinics, Compensation, Damages, Duty of care, Health facilities, Inadequate treatment, Negligence, Patient choice, Public hospitals, Remedies, Standard of care
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Madida v. Member of the Executive Council, Province of Kwa-Zulu-Natal

Country: South Africa
Year: 2016
Court: The High Court of South Africa, Kwazulu- Natal Division
Citation: Case No. 14275/2014
Health Topics: Child and adolescent health, Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health care and health services, Hospitals, Medical malpractice, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to health, Right to life
Facts:

The plaintiff instituted an action for medical negligence on behalf of her daughter. She stated that due to the negligence of the hospital staff, her daughter suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, poor cognitive ability, feeding difficulty etc. The plaintiff was admitted and assessed by a midwife who authorised her admission to a ward for …Read more

Tags: Child development, Childbirth, Duty of care, Health facilities, Inadequate treatment, Minor, Negligence, Neurological diseases, Public hospitals, Remedies, Standard of care
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Stransham-Ford v. Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, et al.

Country: South Africa
Year: 2015
Court: High Court, North Gauteng
Citation: [2015] ZAGPHC, 27401/15
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Controlled substances, Informed consent, Mental health
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to liberty and security of person, Right to life
Facts:

This case concerned physician-assisted suicide in South Africa. The applicant, a 66-year-old highly educated, experienced lawyer with four children and a mother, had terminal stage 4 cancer with only a few weeks left to live and brought suit against various government ministries. He sought a declaratory order that a medical practitioner may end, or enable …Read more

Tags: Cancer, Informed choice, Noncommunicable diseases, Palliative care, Patient choice, Suicide
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D.N v. The MEC for Health, Gauteng

Country: South Africa
Year: 2015
Court: The High Court Of South Africa, Gauteng North Division, Pretoria
Citation: [2015] ZAGPPHC 645
Health Topics: Child and adolescent health, Health care and health services, Hospitals, Medical malpractice, Medicines, Mental health, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to health
Facts:

The plaintiff filed a suit against the Member of the Executive Council for negligence on part of the George Mukhari Hospital during and after her caesarean (C-sec) operation and also the manner in which they treated her infant daughter. The said public hospital is under the administration of the Gauteng Provincial Department. The plaintiff was …Read more

Tags: Access to health care, Access to treatment, Caesarean, Childbirth, Children, Duty of care, Health facilities, Inadequate treatment, Infant, Infant health, Maternal health, Minor, Negligence, Pediatric health, Pregnancy, Psychology, Public hospitals, Remedies, Standard of care, Trauma
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M., R.R. v. Member of the Executive Council for Health

Country: South Africa
Year: 2015
Court: The High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Divison, Pretoria
Citation: Case no. 43421A/2013
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health care and health services, Hospitals, Informed consent, Medical malpractice, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to health, Right to life
Facts:

The plaintiff in this case alleged negligence in her legal capacity of a guardian of her child (B) who suffers from cerebral palsy. She alleged that it was the hospital’s negligence during labour and childbirth, which cause a permanent brain damage in her daughter. In her plaint, she stated that the hospital did not keep …Read more

Tags: Access to treatment, Caesarian, Clinics, Duty of care, Health facilities, Negligence, Neurological diseases, Patient choice, Remedies, Standard of care
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Oppelt v. Head, Department of Health, Provincial Administration: Western Cape

Country: South Africa
Year: 2015
Court: The Constitutional Court of South Africa
Citation: [2015] ZACC 33
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health care and health services, Hospitals, Medical malpractice
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to health
Facts:

The Appellant is a 17 year old, who suffered spinal injuries during a rugby match, which left him paralysed below his neck and in a quadriplegic state. Thereafter, he received treatment at three hospitals under the responsbiliy of the respondent. At the first hospital, he arrived at around 3 pm and was attended to by …Read more

Tags: Access to health care, Access to treatment, Compensation, Damages, Duty of care, Emergency care, Health facilities, Inadequate treatment, Negligence, Neurological diseases, Public hospitals, Remedies, Secondary care, Standard of care
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NN v. The Member of the Executive Council for Health

Country: South Africa
Year: 2015
Court: The High Court of South Africa (Eastern Cape Local Division: Mthatha)
Citation: Case No. 2571/13
Health Topics: Child and adolescent health, Health care and health services, Hospitals, Medical malpractice, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to health, Right to life
Facts:

The plaintiff filed a suit in her personal capacity and as a guardian of her minor child, Z alleging medical negligence. She alleged that the hospital failed to determine the need for a Caesarean Section and due to prolonged labour and foetal distress, Z suffered from cerebral damage at birth. The Defendant pleaded that under …Read more

Tags: Access to treatment, Caeserean, Childbirth, Clinics, Duty of care, Infant health, Minor, Negligence, Neurological diseases, Patient choice, Remedies, Right to bodily integrity, Right to Health, Right to life TAGS: Health facilities, Standard of care
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H v. Fetal Assessment Centre

Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Court: Constitutional Court of South Africa
Citation: (CCT 74/14) [2014] ZACC 34
Health Topics: Child and adolescent health, Disabilities, Health care and health services, Health information, Hospitals, Informed consent, Medical malpractice, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to health
Facts:

The mother of the applicant, who was born in 2008 with Down Syndrome instituted a claim on his behalf for damages against the Fetal Assessment Centre. Her son was born in 2008 with Down syndrome. She claimed that the Centre negligently failed to warn her of the high risk that her child would be born …Read more

Tags: Abortion, Awareness, Child development, Children, Compensation, Confidentiality, Damages, Diagnostics, Differently abled, Disabled, Disclosure, Examination, Health care technology, Informed choice, Minor, Misdiagnosis, Negligence, Termination of pregnancy, Testing, Tort
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Goliath v. The Member Of The Executive Council For Health In The Province Of The Eastern Cape

Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Court: The Supreme Court Of Appeal Of South Africa
Citation: [2014] ZASCA 182
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Hospitals, Medical malpractice, Medicines, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to health
Facts:

The plaintiff underwent a regular hysterectomy for fibroid uterus at Dora Nginza Hospital. A week later, she was readmitted as she was suffering from unbearable pain and wound abscess. The abscess burst, as operation was not conducted on the scheduled date. She was again admitted to the hospital as she complained of a hard swelling …Read more

Tags: Access to health care, Access to treatment, Duty of care, Health facilities, Inadequate treatment, Maternal health, Negligence, Psychology, Public hospitals, Remedies, Standard of care, Sterilization, Trauma
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Makgetla v. The Member of the Executive Council, Free State Province

Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Court: The High Court of South Africa, Free State Division
Citation: Case No. 1054/2016
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Hospitals, Medical malpractice
Human Rights: Right to health
Facts:

The plaintiff alleged that the defendant was negligent in causing burn wounds during a thyroid lobectomy operation. She stated that she was not explained the possible complications of the operation. After the effect of Anaesthesia wore off, she complained of severe back pain but was not attended to immediately.

Tags: Damages, Duty of care, Health facilities, Negligence, Primary care, Public hospitals, Standard of care
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Netcare Hospitals (Pty) Ltd v. KPMG Services (Pty) Ltd and Another

Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Court: THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA - GAUTENG DIVISION, JOHANNESBURG
Citation: CASE NO: 47505/2013
Health Topics: Health information
Human Rights: Right of access to information
Facts:

Netcare approached the High Court in order to protect its confidential information from being disclosed by KPMG to the Competition Commission. The Commission had launched a market inquiry into the private health sector and had employed KPMG as a consultant for this purpose. Netcare alleged that KPMG had a conflict of interest because it was …Read more

Tags: access to information, Health information
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Mashisane v The State

Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Court: High Court of South Africa, North Gauteng Division, Pretoria
Citation: [2014] ZAGPPHC 1014
Facts:

The appellant was found guilty of rape of a two-year-old girl by the Malamulele regional court under section 11(2) of the criminal procedure Act based on his guilty plea and statement. He was subsequently sentenced on 05 September 2013 to 5 (five) years’ imprisonment, 2 (two) years of which are suspended for 5 (five) years …Read more

Tags: Health information, Mental health, Right to Due Process/Fair Trial
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Buthelezi v Ndaba

Country: South Africa
Year: 2013
Court: The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa
Citation: [2013] ZASCA 72
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health care and health services, Hospitals, Medical malpractice, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity
Facts:

The respondent patient had filed a claim of negligence against the appellant doctor. She alleged that she suffered from urine incontinence after her hysterectomy surgery performed by the appellant. When she consulted a urologist, it was found that a fistula or hole was present in the patient’s bladder wall. In the High Court, there was …Read more

Tags: Compensation, Damages, Duty of care, Health facilities, Negligence, Private hospitals, Remedies, Standard of care
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Dudley Lee v. Minister for Correctional Services

Country: South Africa
Year: 2012
Court: Constitutional Court
Citation: [2012] ZACC 30
Health Topics: Diet and nutrition, Health care and health services, Infectious diseases, Prisons
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to liberty and security of person, Right to life
Facts:

While incarcerated in congested prison with poor hygienic conditions, Dudley Lee was infected with tuberculosis (TB).  The responsible prison authorities were aware of the risk of the inmates’ contracting TB, but did not have a comprehensive system in place to reduce the risk of infection. Rather, the prison authorities relied on a system of inmates …Read more

Tags: Access to health care, Access to treatment, Custody, Diagnostics, Duty of care, Examination, Imprisonment, Incarceration, Inhuman treatment, Inmate, Jail, Malnutrition, Negligence, Prison conditions, Remedies, Standard of care, TB, Tort, Tuberculosis
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British American Tobacco South Africa v. Minister of Health

Country: South Africa
Year: 2012
Court: Supreme Court of Appeal
Citation: (463/2011) [2012] ZASCA 107 (20 June 2012)
Health Topics: Tobacco
Human Rights: Freedom of expression, Right of access to information, Right to a clean environment, Right to health
Facts:

Section 3(1)(a) of the Tobacco Products Control Act of 1993 (the “Act”) prohibited any person from “advertising” or “promoting” a tobacco product.  The appellant, a tobacco manufacturer, contended that this prohibition should not extend to its one-to-one communication with consenting adult consumers of tobacco products as it was an unconstitutional limit on both the appellant’s …Read more

Tags: Advertising, Smoking, Tobacco regulation
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Cipla Medpro Ltd. v. Aventis Pharma SA

Country: South Africa
Year: 2012
Court: Supreme Court of Appeal
Citation: Case No: 139/2012 and Case No: 138/2012; [2012] ZASCA 108
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health systems and financing, Medicines
Human Rights: Right to health
Facts:

Aventis, a pharmaceutical company, applied for a preliminary injunction against infringement of its patent on its cancer drug Taxotere in order to restrain Cipla, an Indian pharmaceutical company, from importing, manufacturing or selling Cipla’s generic equivalent of the drug. Prior to this, Cipla had applied for revocation of Aventis’ amended patent on a number of …Read more

Tags: Access to drugs, Cancer, Generic drugs, Health insurance, Intellectual property, Out-of-pocket expenditures, Patents
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Bushula v. Ukhahlamba District Municipality

Country: South Africa
Year: 2012
Court: High Court of South Africa (Eastern Cape Division)
Citation: [2012] ZAECGHC 1
Health Topics: Water, sanitation and hygiene
Human Rights: Right to water and sanitation
Facts:

This case was about the scope of the constitutional right of access to a water supply. The applicant was a resident of Kwa-Ngquba Locality and the respondent was a District Municipality responsible for providing water services under the Water Service Act 108 of 2017. The case of the applicant was that in 2004, the respondent …Read more

Tags: Clean water, Drinking water, Potable water, Safe drinking water, Water pollution, Water safety
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Ntsels v. Member of the Executive Council for Health, Gauteng Provincial Government

Country: South Africa
Year: 2012
Court: South Gauteng High Court, Johannesburg
Citation: CASE NO: 2009/52394
Health Topics: Child and adolescent health, Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health care and health services, Hospitals, Medical malpractice, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to health
Facts:

The plaintiff filed an action for damages against the defendant on behalf of her minor child “A” alleging that the nursing staff at the clinic failed to properly monitor the child’s fetal growth and heart beat, refer her to a hospital for ante-natal sonar tests and were negligent in providing appropriate treatment and perform a …Read more

Tags: Access to healthcare, Access to treatment, Caesarean, Child development, Childbirth, Children, Compensation, Damages, Duty of care, Emergency care, Health facilities, Inadequate treatment, Inappropriate treatment, Maternal health, Minor, Negligence, Neurological diseases, Pregnancy, Public hospitals, Remedies, Standard of care
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Mankayi v. AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.

Country: South Africa
Year: 2011
Court: Constitutional Court
Citation: [2011] ZACC 3; 2011 (5) BCLR 453 (CC) ; 2011 (3) SA 237 (CC) ; [2011] 6 BLLR 527 (CC) ; (2011) 32 ILJ 545 (CC)
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Infectious diseases, Occupational health
Human Rights: Right to favorable working conditions, Right to liberty and security of person, Right to social security, Right to work
Facts:

Mr Mankayi brought an action for delictual (tort) damages against AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AngloGold). While working as an underground mineworker between January 1979 and September 1995, Mr Mankayi claimed to have been exposed to harmful dusts and gases that led to his contracting tuberculosis and a chronic obstructive airway condition; these ailments rendered him unable …Read more

Tags: Employment, Lung disease, Noncommunicable diseases, Occupational accident, Occupational disease, Occupational hazards, Occupational health and safety, Pulmonary diseases, Respiratory diseases, TB, Tuberculosis, Workers' compensation
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Allpass v. Mooikloof Estates (Pty) Ltd.

Country: South Africa
Year: 2011
Court: Labour Court of South Africa
Citation: Case No. JS178/09; [2011] ZALCJHB 7; 2011 (2) SA 638 (LC); [2011] 5 BLLR 462 (LC); (2011) 32 ILJ 1637 (LC)
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health information, HIV/AIDS, Medicines, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination, Right to privacy
Facts:

The Applicant, Allpass, was hired as a stable yard manager and horse-riding instructor for the Respondent, Mooikloof Estates. He had 27 years of experience in horse riding, instructing and stable yard management. At the time of his hiring, the Applicant had been living with HIV for 17 years and was in a same-sex civil union. …Read more

Tags: Antiretrovirals, ARVs, Asthma, Disclosure, Gay, HIV, HIV positive, HIV status, Homosexual, LGBTI, People living with HIV/AIDS, PLHIV, Sexual orientation
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Federation for Sustainable Environment and Others v Minister of Water Affairs and Others

Country: South Africa
Year: 2011
Court: High Court of South Africa
Citation: [2012] ZAGPPHC 128 (10 July 2012).
Health Topics: Water, sanitation and hygiene
Human Rights: Right to water and sanitation
Facts:

Water in Silobela, Carolina Town and Caropark neighbourhoods in the town of Carolina, South Africa was contamintaed by acid mines severaly rendering it unfit for consumption. Water tanks were brought in from neighboring towns to supply drinking water to the town’s residents, but some of the tanks were not refilled, and some were not refilled …Read more

Tags: Clean water, Drinking water, Potable water, Safe drinking water, Water pollution
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Hoffmann v. Member of Executive Council, Easter Cape

Country: South Africa
Year: 2011
Court: High Court of South Africa, Eastern Cape
Citation: Case no: 1037/2007
Health Topics: Child and adolescent health, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to health
Facts:

The plaintiff alleged medical negligence on behalf of the Dora Nginza Hospital (hereinafter referred to as “the hospital”. The plaintiff states that she was referred to the hospital as her blood sugar and blood pressure was high during pregnancy. She had also informed the hospital that she had had previous C-Section deliveries. She was also …Read more

Tags: Access to treatment, Caesarean, Childbirth, Clinics, Duty of care, Health facilities, Negligence, Patient choice, Remedies, Standard of care
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Ntombentsha Beja v. Premier of the Western Cape

Country: South Africa
Year: 2011
Court: Western Cape High Court, Cape Town
Citation: Case No. 21332/10
Health Topics: Poverty, Water, sanitation and hygiene
Human Rights: Right to housing, Right to water and sanitation
Facts:

The City of Cape Town entered into an agreement with the individual members of the community for building over 1300 toilets. The City authorities stated that the residents would enclose the toilets themselves if the City provided one toilet per household. The Applicants argued that due to lack of finances, most of the toilets were …Read more

Tags: Cleanliness, Degrading treatment, Indigent, Low income, Poor, Underprivileged, Waste
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Hospital Association of South Africa v. Ministry of Health, et al.

Country: South Africa
Year: 2010
Court: High Court - North Gauteng Division, Pretoria
Citation: [2010] ZAGPPHC 69; 2010 (10) BCLR 1047 (GNP); [2011] 1 All SA 47 (GNP)
Health Topics: Health information, Health systems and financing, Medicines
Human Rights: Freedom of association, Right to participation
Facts:

Two cases (numbers 37505/09 and 21352/09) were consolidated by an order of the court along with this case of the Hospital Association of South Africa Ltd (number 37377/09), as they all dealt with the same issues. The Applicants sought relief in respect of the promulgation by the Minister of Health (Minister) of Regulations Relating to …Read more

Tags: Access to medicines, Awareness, Health regulation, Notification
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McCallum v. South Africa

Country: South Africa
Year: 2010
Court: United Nations Human Rights Committee
Citation: Communication No. 1818/2008; U.N. Doc. CCPR/C/100/D/1818/2008
Health Topics: Health care and health services, HIV/AIDS, Prisons, Violence
Human Rights: Freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Right to health
Facts:

Bradley McCallum, a detainee at a maximum correctional facility in South Africa, claimed to be a victim of violations of articles 7 and 10 of the International on Civil and Political Rights (“Covenant”). In particular, McCallum alleged that he was physically abused, raped, and subject to other ill treatment by South African prison authorities during …Read more

Tags: Abuse, Access to health care, Cruel treatment, Degrading treatment, Detainee, Detention, HIV, HIV status, Imprisonment, Incarceration, Inhuman treatment, Medical records, Most-at-risk, Prison conditions, Rape, Testing, Torture, Transmission
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Nokotyana v. Ekurhuleni Municipality

Country: South Africa
Year: 2009
Court: Constitutional Court
Citation: (CCT 31/09) [2009] ZACC 33; 2010 (4) BCLR 312 (CC) (19 November 2009)
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Poverty, Water, sanitation and hygiene
Human Rights: Right to a clean environment, Right to health, Right to housing, Right to work
Facts:

This was an appeal from an order of the South Gauteng High Court. The Applicants were members of the Harry Gwala Informal Settlement (Settlement). They approached the High Court for an order against the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (Municipality) to install communal water taps, temporary sanitation facilities, refuse removal facilitation and high-mast lighting in key areas, …Read more

Tags: Clean water, Cleanliness, Drinking water, Emergency care, Garbage, Indigent, Low income, Poor, Potable water, Safe drinking water, Sewage, Trash, Underprivileged, Waste management, Water-borne disease
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Mazibuko, Lindiwe, et al. v. City of Johannesburg, et al.

Country: South Africa
Year: 2009
Court: Constitutional Court
Citation: Lindiwe Mazibuko & Ors. v. City of Johannesburg & Ors., 2009 (4) SA 1 (CC) (S. Afr.).
Health Topics: Water, sanitation and hygiene
Human Rights: Right to water and sanitation
Facts:

Five impoverished residents of Phiri in Soweto filed a legal action against the City of Johannesburg, the water provider company wholly owned by the City, and the Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry, challenging the legality of Operation Gcin’amanzi–a project the City of Johannesburg piloted in Phiri in early 2004 to address the severe problem …Read more

Tags: Clean water, Drinking water, Potable water, Safe drinking water
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