Constitutional Court dismisses application to declare lockdown invalid

Constitutional Court dismisses application to declare lockdown invalid

- The Constitutional Court has dismissed an application to have the lockdown regulations declared invalid

- This comes after the Western Cape High Court dismissed the same group's application

- The concerned citizens want the NCCC dubbed inconsistent with the Constitution and Disaster Management Act

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The Constitutional Court has dismissed an application for a group of concerned citizens to challenge the Covid-19 restrictions.

The court had found that it wouldn't have been in the interests of justice to hear the case that sought to have the lockdown regulations declared invalid.

The group also wanted to have the National Coronavirus Command Council declared inconsistent with the Constitution and Disaster Management Act.

Mpiyakhe Dlamini, Duwayne Esau, Tami Jackson, Lindo Khuzwayo, Mikhail Manuel, Neo Mkwane and Scott Roberts had their application dismissed by the Western Cape High Court.

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News24 reports that the Constitutional Court had dismissed the application with the judgement

"It has concluded that the application should be dismissed as it is not in the interests of justice to be heard at this stage. I accept that the measures do not satisfy everyone and there is a great deal of criticism levelled against them. The inconvenience and discontent that the regulations have caused the applicants and others have to be weighed against the urgent objective and primary constitutional duty to save lives."

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the alcohol industry had lamented the sudden reinstatement of the liquor ban on Sunday evening.

"The industry was given no warning about the ban, nor an opportunity to consult with the National Coronavirus Command Centre (NCCC) before a decision was made and no consideration was given to the immediate logistical difficulties it poses for both suppliers, distributors and retailers alike."

The industry pointed out that almost one million citizens are expected to be affected:

"The liquor industry has a wide and deep value chain employing almost one million people across the country. The Government’s decision has serious economic consequences, placing hundreds of thousands of livelihoods at risk."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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