- The Democratic Alliance intends to take the continued ban on personal care services to court
- The opposition party says that it has written to Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma over the matter
- If no solution is made to the crisis, the party will then have no choice but to take the legal route
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The Democratic Alliance is ready to play hardball over the continued ban on personal care services like hairdressers in SA.
With Level 3 of the Covid-19 barring these services, numerous citizens remain left in a position where they are unable to make a living, 9 weeks after the initial lockdown was announced.
Now, the DA's Dean Macpherson says that the party has written to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma over the restrictions.
Should the minister choose to turn a blind eye to the desperate situation, the party intends to pursue legal action.
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Macpherson explained that the people who rely on these services are ofter women and young citizens:
"Our litigation will especially be for the sake of the single mothers and the young entrepreneurs who have no other source of income than the personal care services they provide, often from their homes and other low-rent venues.”
The MP says that the continued ban has left thousands unable to earn an income:
"The Covid-19 pandemic is ripping lives and livelihoods apart and adding more dependents to the roll of grant recipients every day."
JacarandaFM reports that Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has promised that a solution to be found as he shifts his focus to this particular industry.
The fact that these services require physical contact to be carried out has seen Patel highlighting the need for a safe reopening as a priority.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance has long opposed the continued lockdown, saying that the initial purpose of allowing the health sector time to prepare for an influx in cases has already been achieved.
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