Lockdown regulations declared invalid and unconstitutional by high court
According to News24 a court has declared the Level 3 and Level 4 lockdown regulations to be unconstitutional and invalid.
The High Court in Pretoria ruled today that the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has 14 days to formulate changes to the regulations.
In the meantime, the current lockdown regulations will still apply.
The judgment said the regulations “in a substantial number of instances are not rationally connected to the objectives of slowing the rate of infection or limiting the spread” of Covid-19.
The judgment said the government has not produced any bona fide evidence that its means of enforcing the lockdown are “justifiable”, and they can therefore be deemed arbitrary and unlawful.
The lockdown regulations go against rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights, the judgment says.
The application was brought by the Liberty Fighters Network, the Hola Bona Renaissance Foundation and attorney Reyno de Beer.