- Liberty Fighters Network's Reyno De Beer says the government was treating them like kids
- De Beer spoke after his organisation won the case against the government, declaring lockdown levels 3 and 4 invalid and unconstitutional
- De Beer says it would be reckless for the government to appeal the case after they were given 14 days to review the regulations
On Tuesday evening, the Pretoria High Court declared the regulations under Levels 3 and 4 of the national lockdown invalid and unconstitutional. The court ruled in favour of Liberty Fighters Network.
Reyno De Beer's organisation emerged victorious after challenging the government's lockdown regulations. Judge Norma Davis suspended the declaration of invalidity for 14 days, giving the government time to "review, amend and republish regulations" in line with the constitution.
A confident De Beer said he doubts that the government will even think about appealing the decision. He added that:
"We were treated like children. The way government treated people was inhuman. It was the poorest of the poor who suffered. We are of the view that there should be a proper balance between regulating the disease and violating the rights of the people. I know that it’s important to protect the lives of people but it’s important to protect the other rights of the people not to starve, for instance"
De Beer also cautioned that it would be reckless for the government to appeal the decision because intergovernmental bodies such as the African Union and the United Nations are now aware of the court's decision.
De Beer said his organisation is a nonprofit association that is fighting for the right to equal justice for all, especially in relation to stopping evictions.
De Beer added that the focus of his organisation in launching the application was on the complaints it received from tenants.
The lockdown regulations are set to remain in place for the next two weeks. Cabinet ministers, legal experts and interested parties all over South Africa are studying the regulations and waiting to hear how the government will proceed.
De Beer also criticized opposition parties which he says know the regulations are unconstitutional but have remained quiet. Opposition parties which have been vocal about the Covid-19 lockdown have only been the EFF and the DA.
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