- The battle over the legality of the Covid-19 lockdown will continue in the High Court on Wednesday
- Liberty Fighters Network, the group who challenged the state, insists that the lockdown is legally over
- This comes after the state allegedly incorrectly filed its application to appeal the ruling
The Liberty Fighters Network and its leader, Reyno De Beer, are standing firm as it challenges the government's Covid-19 lockdown.
Briefly.co.za reported that the group's case against the restrictions had seen the court ruling that the lockdown is 'unconstitutional and invalid', ordering the government to make amendments to the regulations in line with the Bill of Rights.
In a statement released by the group, LFN declared that the lockdown regulations are 'legally not enforceable':
"Yes, you have read correctly and this is not fake news… There are most probably no lockdown regulations in force any more and the government can only blame itself."
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's application for leave to appeal the ruling will be challenged by the group, which further commented that:
"The government has failed to make new lockdown regulations to replace the constitutional invalid Level 3 regulations which ceased at midnight on 23 June, notwithstanding that it had ample opportunity to have done so."
The group claims that this means any citizen arrested for failing to adhere to the lockdown laws are essentially off the hook:
"This means that no person may be arrested or otherwise forced to adhere to the lockdown regulations any more and due to the stubbornness of government to arrogantly lodging an application for leave to appeal. believing that it would have suspended the declaration of invalidity is typically a situation where 'slim het sy baas gevang (the clever one has caught his boss)'."
If legal proceedings on Wednesday are swayed in LFN's favour, it will be the biggest victory since 1994, says the group:
"If the court agrees with us today, this could be the best news South Africans have had since 1994 and definitely a victory for all who had to endure the mass human rights violations of government the past three months. It has become obvious that Covid-19 is here to stay with us and that the so-called spread of the virus is so rampant that we have reached a stage to accept it as part of our lives and time to go back to normal."
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