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Government back in court of validity and rationality of lockdown in SA

South Africa’s level 3 and level 4 lockdown regulations were invalid and unconstitutional.

Government back in court of validity and rationality of lockdown in SA

Government back in court of validity and rationality of lockdown in SA photo credit; canva

Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to appeal a High Court ruling this week, which could have serious consequences for the country’s lockdown levels going forward.

June 2020

The appeal follows a June 2020 North Gauteng High Court ruling which found that South Africa’s level 3 and level 4 lockdown regulations were invalid and unconstitutional.

The court action was originally brought by Reyno Dawid de Beer and the Liberty Fighters Network, who questioned the rationality of certain regulations that were put forward.

While the High Court found the declaration of the state of disaster in the country was rational, it agreed that there were several regulations that did not pass the “rationality test” of serving the government’s stated goal of preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Dlamini-Zuma is expected to argue that the court only considered six lockdown regulations and that it’s unfair to make the assumption that all of the regulations are unconstitutional and invalid. The minister is also expected to argue that the regulations sought to save lives and protect the healthcare sector.

The case comes at a pivotal time for the country, as government once again considers a tighter lockdown to prepare for a third wave of Covid-19 infections. On Saturday more than 4 000 new cases were reported – the most since the country exited its second wave in February.

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