Calls for Dlamini-Zuma's arrest over violation of lockdown court order

Calls for Dlamini-Zuma's arrest over violation of lockdown court order

- The Liberty Fighters Network has called for Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's arrest

- The group insists that the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister is in contempt of a court order

- This after the Pretoria High Court declared lockdown regulations unconstitutional

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The Liberty Fighters Network insists that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma should be placed under arrest.

The group, which had impressed SA after challenging the national Covid-19 lockdown, insists that Dlamini-Zuma is in contempt of a court order.

The group’s president Reyno de Beer feels that the closure of beaches, restrictions on funerals and restrictions on business trade remain invalid:

“We thoroughly believe that the minister is currently in contempt of court of our first order we’ve obtained on 2 June."
The group insists that Dlamini-Zuma should face arrest over the alleged violation of the court order. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

De Beer explained that this concern was indeed raised with the COGTA Minister to no avail:

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“We have addressed that to the minister, we started the process two weeks ago already when the closure of the beaches were discussed, she failed to acknowledge that."

While Dlamini-Zuma indicated that she will be appealing the ruling, De Beer insists that doesn't suspend the judgement itself:

"Instead, she continued to acknowledge that she made a mistake and on 23 December she in fact filed her notice to appeal with a condonation application, but in terms of the law that condonation application for late filing does not suspend the operation of the judgment."

Earlier, reported that the Liberty Fighters Network (LFN), who had won a massive victory by having South Africa’s lockdown regulations declared unconstitutional by the High Court in Pretoria, is now urging people to “go back to normal” as the apparently lockdown is over.

LFN said that if people wait for government to tell them the lockdown is over, they will wait forever.

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President of the LFN, Reyno de Beer said: "If the government doesn’t want to give us that right, it is our right to claim it."

In early June, the Pretoria High Court declared the regulations under Levels 3 and 4 of the national lockdown invalid and unconstitutional.

The court ruled in favour of LFN. On Wednesday, 24 June, Justice Davis strongly evaded the challenge of De Beer that the lockdown is over and emphasised that he would read his heads of arguments when considering the judgment, bearing in mind that the government still had a right to apply for leave to appeal. De Beer said:

"Those who still feel at risk of Covid-19 may continue doing whatever they feel is necessary, but cannot expect everyone around them to do the same."

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