- The Department of Social Development has violated human rights enshrined in SA's Constitution
- Led by Minister Lindiwe Zulu, the department was taken to the SA Human Rights Commission
- The commission's Jonas Sibanyoni has confirmed that the move violated the Bill of Rights
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has been found to have led her department into quiet the serious situation.
The South African Human Rights Commission has confirmed that the department's restrictions on food donations delivered by entities outside of the government violated the Constitution's Bill of Rights.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had lodged an official complaint with the Commission, adamant that the regulations were 'extremely harmful'.
Speaking to eNCA, Jonas Sibanyoni confirmed that the controversial directives had taken lockdown measures too far, highlighting it as a serious concern:
“The South African Constitution says that everyone has got the right to food. As such, nobody can intervene and prevent the provision of food. That is why the Department of Social Development has been found to be violating the human rights as enshrined in Section 27 of the South African Constitution.”
The Department of Social Development has opted to remain silent on these damning findings, which have not yet been published in an official report.
Both the Democratic Alliance and the MEC that originally raised the alarm have welcomed the finding that preventing the provision of food during the Covid-19 crisis would be considered a violation of human rights.
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