- Reyno de Beer is the mysterious figure who has taken the government on over the lockdown
- The 43-year-old faced Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma down in the High Court
- After the government signalled that it would be appealing the move, De Beer says that it has essentially has turned its back on the people of SA
Reyno de Beer is a 43-year-old resident of Derdepoort in Pretoria who quietly took on the government itself over the Covid-19 lockdown.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Gauteng High Court had ruled in his favour against the state when it declared that Level 3 and 4 of the lockdown regulations were 'unconstitutional and invalid'.
The citizen had faced counsel acting on behalf of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, conducting his own case in the legal battle.
With Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu confirming that the state intends to appeal this ruling, De Beer's mission to lift the lockdown is far from over.
Issuing a statement through his group, Liberty Fighters Network, De Beer condemned this decision:
"Liberty Fighters Network (LFN) noted with extreme dissatisfaction the announcement by Government today that it intends to appeal the judgment handed down on Tuesday, 2 June 2020 in the Pretoria High Court, declaring all Lockdown Regulations to be unconstitutional and invalid. By the time this statement was released, LFN had not received any formal notice from Government. We will formulate a suitable response once the request for Leave to Appeal has been scrutinised."
But the group remains optimistic and says that they are ready to take on the challenge:
"LFN is ready to oppose any appeal attempt by Government and will accept any such challenge as representatives for the people of our country. Since the judgment, LFN was astounded by all the thanksgiving messages it received; not only from the people of South Africa but also from across Africa and the United States of America. LFN has accepted its unofficial role as the delegate for the people of our country during the time when all the political parties in Parliament pledged their Lockdown support to our clearly disorientated Government."
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