Hairdressers lose court bid

Hairdressers lose court bid

According to News24, the Western Cape High Court dismissed an urgent court bid by financially distressed hairdressers to be allowed to go back to work.


This unfortunate court ruling came the same time as the government announced yesterday that hairdressing, beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be among the personal care services that will remain closed.


Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, gazetted the rules on Thursday ahead of the media address.


During the briefing on Thursday, she said it was impossible to maintain the required 1.5m spacing from a client in these services.


An application was brought by Advocate Carlo Viljoen on behalf of hundreds of distressed hairdressers who were financially ruined due to the ban on hairdressing.

Viljoen said the court loss was only round one, and he would continue to challenge for reopening, according to a video published on EWN.


In the application Viljoen told the court the following,

  • Hair professionals trained for three years and much of this included training in proper sanitation.
  • Hair professionals were capable of and ready to implement proper safety and hygiene protocols, if they were permitted to operate legally.
  • The alternative to legal trade, was an “uncontrolled black market”

Viljoen also told the court, “They need to eat… people need to have their hair cut.”


Sam Hill,  who co-founded the Hair and Beauty Industry Support Foundation, told News24 it was supporting more than 1 400 people country wide who are in dire need, in the hair, beauty and massage industry and they were receiving more applications for help every day.


“At the moment, we are feeding people and providing food and essentials, networking with legal professionals for legal assistance for rental and UIF payments, as well as providing mental health links to professionals,” said Hill who co-founded the foundation with his wife, Natalie.


Source: News24

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