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24 Mar 2021
8:11 am

Are we becoming sue-happy?


What has happened to logic when you can go to what is clearly an athletic event and disrupt it with foolish behaviour – and then sue the organisers?

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We wonder if we are not becoming like sue-happy Americans in the way we run to the courts to punish someone else for our own negligence. The Western Cape High Court has dismissed a R718 000 claim brought by a woman against top woman runner Christine Kalmer and Western Province Athletics (WPA). The suit followed a collision between Kalmer and the woman during a road race in Cape Town in 2014. According to Kalmer, who was running at Olympic contender speed of around 20km/h, the woman stepped out into the road in front of her. Kalmer only had time to...