NDZ allowed leave to appeal blanket invalidity of lockdown regulations

NDZ allowed leave to appeal blanket invalidity of lockdown regulations

- The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister will be given an opportunity to appeal the judgement declaring lockdown regulations as invalid

- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will, however, only be given 10 business days to do so

- The judgement made in June ruled that the government should amend regulations such as operations in the informal sector

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be allowed to appeal the "blanket" declaration of invalidity of the regulations governing the lockdown.

The minister, however, only has 10 days in which to amend those which the court found to be irrational.

Judge Norman Davis on Tuesday handed judgment in Dlamini-Zuma's application for leave to appeal, granting it on the minister's argument that his judgment gives a "blanket" declaration of invalidity.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Source: UGC

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The South African reported that Judge Davis gave the government until 14 July to to alter some of their restrictions. He said:

"Certain regulations still need reviewing. In respect of these last-mentioned regulations, leave to appeal will be refused and the remaining 10 business days left from the original order again commence running."

The judgement was made last month and some of the things the government should amend include:

  • The closure of some businesses in the informal sector
  • The operationalisation of waste pickers
  • The limitation of visiting beaches and public parks
  • The limited exercise hours (now between 6am and 6pm)

However, the ruling from Davis allows Dlamini-Zuma the right to keep many guidelines the way they have always been.

Dlamini-Zuma has been granted permission to appeal the verdict when it comes to defending policies on education, evictions, the closure of nightclubs and gyms, and the tobacco ban, among others, said News24.

The prohibition on cigarettes was left out of the initial verdict as it was due in court one week later. However, the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) has since lost their case. This particular matter will not return to court until the first week of August.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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