Ivermectin and the rule of law

D W Thaldar


The ivermectin saga has taken on a new dimension: respect for the rule of law by the state. The rule of law is important, as it is a cornerstone of our democratic Constitutional order. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has a statutory mandate to regulate medicines and related substances, but it also has a constitutional duty to obey the law. This duty includes obeying court orders. However, SAHPRA appears to have contravened the consent order handed down by the Pretoria High Court on 2 February 2021, and therefore undermined the rule of law. This situation is untenable in our democratic Constitutional order.

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D W Thaldar, School of Law, College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2021;14(2):47-49. DOI:10.7196/SAJBL.2021.v14i2.763

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Date submitted: 2021-03-16
Date published: 2021-03-16

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