NGO suing government over lockdown calling it unconstitutional

NGO suing government over lockdown calling it unconstitutional

- An NGO is taking the government to court over the current lockdown

- They believe that the lockdown is violating not only the constitution but peoples basic human rights

- The chairman of the NGO does not believe that the virus poses a real risk to South Africans

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The Hola Bon Renaissance (HBR) Foundation has filed court papers with the Constitutional Court. They believe that the lockdown is unconstitutional.

The NGO has cited President Cyril Ramaphosa as a respondent in their court documents. They want to court to rule that Ramaphosa has broken the constitution and exceeded his powers when he ordered the 21-day lockdown.

Briefly.co.za learned that they also claim the Ramaphosa is violating their human rights, namely to human dignity, freedom of movement, freedom of trade, occupation and profession, and access to healthcare, food and water.

Foundation chairperson Bontshitwe Mothopeng wants the court to rule in their favour and stop Ramaphosa from continuing his lockdown. He believes that the virus does not pose a real threat to the people of South Africa.

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has not revealed if the motion will be heard according to NEWS24.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on a congregation where 67 of its 859 members have tested positive for Covid-19. Among them is the Reverend Kenneth Meshoe who later met with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Mkhize said that not all the people who attended the event, Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, held at the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein, Free State had been tracked down.

The Minister of Health urged all those who attended the event to report to the department of health to be tested.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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