Lockdown Makes No Sense – Says South Africa’s High Court

"This means that the Alert Level 3 regulations remain in operation for now," explains Williams.

COVID-19. Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash

The high court has ruled that the South African government’s lockdown regulations are not legal but they will nevertheless remain in place for at least the next 14 days.

“Government has taken note of the judgment delivered by the Gauteng Division of the High Court today, 2 June 2020, declaring the Alert Level 4 and Alert Level 3 Lockdown regulations unconstitutional and invalid,” said Phumla Williams, South Africa’s Cabinet spokesperson.

The court suspended the declaration of invalidity for a period of 14 days.

“This means that the Alert Level 3 regulations remain in operation for now,” explains Williams.

“The court has further directed the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, in consultation with the relevant Ministers to review, amend and republish the regulations with “due consideration to the limitation each regulation has on the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights”.

Williams said the Cabinet will make a further statement once it has fully studied the judgment.

South Africa has so far reported 35,812 cases of coronavirus and 705 deaths.



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