- Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has missed yet another court deadline.
- The Minister has been given an extension until 18 June to file opposing papers
- Dean Macpherson has slammed the COGTA Minister's attitude, saying she doesn't care about livelihoods of South Africans
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has missed yet another court deadline.
Dean Macpherson the DA's spokesperson for Trade, Industry and Competition said the matter had been postponed to 22 June to be a heard before a full bench of judges at the Cape Town High Court.
Macpherson blamed the COGTA Minister for the delay. This is after Dr Dlamini-Zuma failed to file opposing papers.
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The DA is calling for the reopening of the personal care industry, which includes hairdressers, beauticians, and tattoo artists.
"The judge asked us late yesterday to try to find an agreement on timelines going forward with minister Dlamini-Zuma with regards to the reopening of the industry."
Briefly.co.za reported that the DA is confident that Western Cape High Court would be compelled to overturn the 'indefinite and unconstitutional ban' perpetuated on personal care services.
Macpherson said the DA went to court to protect the livelihoods of “hundreds of thousands of people” in the personal care industry. The hair and beauty sector is a R300 billion industry.
The DA spokesperson said:
"What also complicated matters is that the minister refused to file any opposing papers in our application and missed the original deadline and she has now been granted an extension to June 18 to file opposing papers."
Macpherson said the minister’s “contempt for this process” and to comply with deadlines and her own deadlines was a “very sorry state of affairs”.
In May, Dr Dlamini-Zuma was taken to court by a number of associations fighting the ban of tobacco. The Minister was instructed to supply an affidavit responding to the court challenge filed by Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association but missed the deadline.
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