Covid-19 update: Court declares lockdown invalid, UIF pays out R1bn

Covid-19 update: Court declares lockdown invalid, UIF pays out R1bn

The High Court has declared Level 3 and 4 lockdown regulations unconstitutional and invalid. explores the latest information on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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The Gauteng High Court has given the government 14 days to review it's lockdown regulations so as not to impose on the Bill of Rights. explores the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in SA:

1. Court declares Level 3,4 of lockdown 'unconstitutional and invalid'

The Level 4 and 3 lockdown regulations have been declared 'unconstitutional and invalid' by the Gauteng High Court.

In a statement issued by the Ministry in the Presidency on Tuesday, it was revealed that a court application against the government had hit home:

"Government has taken note of the judgment delivered by the Gauteng Division of the High Court today, 2 June, declaring the Alert Level 4 and Alert Level 3 lockdown regulations unconstitutional and invalid. The court suspended the declaration of invalidity for a period of 14 days."

2. UIF fulfills its promise as R1 billion has been processed for payment

The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, reported that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is making good on its promise to capture and process applications for Covid-19 relief benefits.

Nxesi had promised last week that the UIF would make good progress on its promise to start processing applications.

Today, a total of R1 billion has already been processed for payment for 252 378 workers represented by 26 684 employees.

The UIF has also processed and paid R331 530 550.90 for 79 507 workers represented by 13 503 employers which is part of its outstanding payments for April.

3. Covid-19: Mkhize announces that SA has reached 35 812 infections

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest Covid-19 statistics as South Africa continues to battle the virus.

In a statement released by the minister, Mkhize confirmed that the nation is now heading towards 36 000 cases:

"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 35 812."

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