- President Cyril Ramaphosa was on the money when he said the state would continue to face legal challenges over the way it is dealing with Covid-19
- Following his address on Wednesday evening, numerous political parties have decided to take on the government
- The Democratic Alliance, Freedom Front Plus and even lobby group AfriForum have jumped on board
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently commented that the government would continue to face legal challenges over the way it is handling the coronavirus pandemic, adding that sacrifices must be made.
“The lockdown has disrupted people’s lives – there are quite a number of people, organisations who do feel aggrieved and we did say right from the beginning that all of us will be required to make some sacrifices as we deal with this health challenge which has also turned out to be an economic challenge. Our constitution and our legal system allow anyone who is aggrieved to have the right to approach the courts and a number of people have done so and even I as president could never stand in the way of anybody who wants to challenge what we have put in place but also any decision that we take."
Ramaphosa's premonition has come to life tenfold, with the Democratic Alliance, the Freedom Front Plus and AfriForum all announcing legal action against the state over the current lockdown.
Briefly.co.za reported that the DA had been amongst the first to break ranks with the government over the restrictions imposed in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The party has filed court papers on Friday, adamant that the economic shut down would result in more suffering than the virus itself.
The opposition party's interim leader is adamant that the government has taken far too many liberties with the regulations limiting citizens during this crisis.
“It is our opinion that is shared by many South Africans that all three of these decisions should be immediately reversed as there are no rational justifications for a military-enforced curfew, a restriction on e-commerce business and a limited three-hour window for exercise. But it must also be said that these irrational decisions are taken by the National Command Council because they are acting with no checks and balances. The State of Disaster which we are currently under is governed by the Disaster Management Act, and it makes zero provision for Parliamentary oversight which means that the secretive National Command Council actually answers to no one."
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