- The Democratic Alliance has welcomed the announcement that the personal care industry will be opened
- However, the party isn't willing to withdraw legal action over the matter
- With the government already having made a lockdown U-turn, the opposition party isn't keen on backing down just yet
The DA has welcomed the announcement that the personal care industry will be opening up amid relaxed Level 3 restrictions.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had addressed the nation on Wednesday evening, confirming that numerous sectors would be allowed to open.
However, the opposition party is adamant that the president has caved under the pressure of legal action:
"The truth is, President Ramaphosa has buckled under the pressure of our looming court case against the continued ban and criminalisation of the industry which is to be heard on 22 June, 2020 before a full bench of the Western Cape High Court. The president knows full well Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would lose."
As far as Ramaphosa's comment that the sector employs mostly women, the DA had the following to say:
"In his patronising speech, Ramaphosa made the point that it was the number of women working in the industry that really concerned him and forced him to act. How is it possible that it took the president and his ministers nearly two months to work this out, condemning these very same women to be treated as criminals just to keep a roof over their heads?"
While the party has acknowledged the concession, it isn't convinced that the government will stick to the arrangement:
"Due to the recent history of President Ramaphosa being overturned by Minister Dlamini-Zuma on important issues like this, the DA will continue to pursue our court case until such time as the regulations for the personal care industry are published and a firm date is given for them to reopen."
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