Mukoni Ratshitanga
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23 Aug 2019
12:57 am

Beware litigation fervour

Mukoni Ratshitanga

It is debatable whether SA fetishises litigation in the same way that Auerbach argues the US does.

Mukoni Ratshitanga.

"In today’s litigious world,” remarked the then New York City Parks Commissioner, Henry Stern, “the children come to the playground with parents and the parents come with lawyers.” Stern made this comment in the mid-1990s as the New York metropolis began taking down seesaws, merry-go-rounds, high slides and tyre swings from city parks in response to children’s injuries which often resulted in lawsuits. Last year, the United States Cabell County district in West Virginia removed swings in primary schools following two different lawsuits over minor injuries by two siblings in separate incidents on a school playground. Explaining the decision, County...