Covid-19: What is a state of disaster?

This is the second instalment in our series of panel discussions looking at how Covid-19 is effecting South African society. Musawenkosi Cabe is joined by Nomzamo Zondo and Vuyo Mntonintshi to discuss what exactly it means to be in a state of disaster and how it impacts on people’s rights. 


Nomzamo Zondo is an attorney and the executive director of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa. She has seven years of experience litigating on behalf of communities threatened with eviction, activists and informal workers. She believes that the law can be used as a tool to balance the scales of social justice.

Vuyo Mntonintshi is a lawyer at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Gender and Basic Services programmes activist.


Musawenkosi Cabe’s areas of interest include bottom-up social mobilisation, social movements and unions, as well as football, social justice, spatial justice and constitutionalism.