Mthembu announces lockdown extension: Government to appeal ruling

Mthembu announces lockdown extension: Government to appeal ruling

- The government has decided not to take the High Court ruling against the Covid-19 lockdown lying down

- Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu announced that the matter would be appealed

- In addition to this, Mthembu announced that the lockdown would be extended by another month until 15 July

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Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has announced that the government will be appealing the decision handed down by the Gauteng High Court. reported that the court had found the Covid-19 lockdown regulations to be 'unconstitutional and invalid', giving the government 14 days to review the restrictions.

During a media briefing following a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Mthembu commented that the state intended to challenge this ruling:

"While government appeals the court judgment, current regulations remain in force and we appeal and urge all our people to observe all the health protocols that have been put in place including washing of hands, social distancing, wearing of masks in public."

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In addition to this, the Covid-19 lockdown would be extended to 15 July to avoid the State of Disaster lapsing:

"Cabinet approved the extension of the National State of Disaster by another month from the 15th June to 15 July 2020. The law allows for the National State of disaster to last for 90 days which necessitates the extension."

Mthembu shied away from questions surrounding the controversial tobacco ban, saying that the matter was before the courts and therefore he opted not to comment.

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