South African Journal of Bioethics and Law

SAJBL is an online, bi-annual, peer reviewed journal that covers matters related to ethics, law, human rights and related matters for the health professions.



SAJBL on Editorial Manager


The Health and Medical Publishing Group is pleased to announce that it has launched a new submission and tracking system for the SAJBL as of 01 May 2017.


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Vol 13, No 1 (2020)

Table of Contents

Early Online: COVID-19

COVID-19: What should employers do if employed health professionals such as doctors and nurses refuse to treat COVID-19 patients despite being provided with the required personal protective equipment? PDF
D McQuoid-Mason


The need to invest in pandemic preparedness: COVID-19 is not the first pandemic, nor will it be the last PDF
Ames Dhai 3-4

Letter to editor

What should referring doctors do if there is a delay in receiving COVID-19 test results and specialists require them for proper treatment of patients referred to them? PDF
David Jan McQuoid-Mason 5-6


COVID-19 and its impact on informed consent: What should health professionals tell their patients or their proxies? PDF
D J McQuoid-Mason 7-10
COVID-19: May healthcare practitioners ethically and legally refuse to work at hospitals and health establishments where frontline employees are not provided with personal protective equipment? PDF
D J McQuoid-Mason 11-14


Contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Protection of personal information in South Africa PDF
I M Viljoen, C de V Castelyn, A Pope, M Botes, M S Pepper 15-20


COVID-19: Mental health and clinical equipoise in the face of moral injury PDF
C Grobler 21-22
Ethicolegal issues relating to the South African government’s response to COVID-19 PDF
M Labuschaigne 23-28
Consent in health research with incapacitated adults in a time of pandemic: The National Health Research Ethics Council needs to urgently reassess its guidelines PDF
C Stein, A Dhai 29-33
Non-consensual disclosure of infectious drug resistant tuberculosis status in the occupational context: Health workers stuck between a rock and a hard place PDF
C Nnaji, S Adams, L London 34-42
Conceptualising disability: Health and legal perspectives related to psychosocial disability and work PDF
L Van Niekerk, D Casteleijn, A Govindjee, W Holness, J Oberholster, C Grobler 43-51
Ethical practice in the nursing profession: A normative analysis PDF
J M Mathibe-Neke 52-56
Is intentional publishing in predatory journals a form of scientific misconduct? PDF
C Stein 57-61
A critical review of the ethical and legal issues in human germline gene editing: Considering human rights and a call for an African perspective PDF
B Shozi 62-67
Moral challenges in handling pregnant school adolescents in Tanga municipality, Tanzania PDF
S S Mkumbugo, J E Shayo, D Mloka 68-72