- The DA is heading to court on Friday in a bid to compel the government into allowing personal service providers to return to work, such as barbers
- Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson says he is confident the party will succeed in compelling the court to reopen amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- With the lockdown firmly in place for 77 days, numerous professionals are cut off from their means of making money
The Democratic Alliance is heading to court on Friday over the continued ban on the personal services sector.
Shadow Trade and Industry Minister Dean MacPherson told Briefly.co.za that ultimately the government is infringing on the rights of hairdressers, barbers and other in the industry by preventing them from obtaining an income.
Briefly.co.za spoke to MacPherson over whether or not the Covid-19 pandemic would pose a risk in an industry that requires personal contact.
The Shadow Minister was confident that, like any sector amid the outbreak, the industry would be able to find a way forward in what is the new normal.
MacPherson is also confident that the Western Cape High Court would be compelled to overturn the 'indefinite and unconstitutional ban' perpetuated by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The DA will be challenging the lockdown regulation in court with the MP pointing out that Cabinet had ultimately failed to make a critical call, compelling the legal action against the government in the first place.
Speaking to BusinessLIVE, MacPherson insisted that the restrictions on the sector were simply 'unjustifiable'
“It stops people keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. After more than two months of lockdown, any continued prohibition would require the most compelling justification. We believe there simply is none.”
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