Are people being held against their will at Emperors Palace?
According to Maroela Media, people who were repatriated, are being kept in quarantine against their will at Emperors Palace Peermont MetCourt and Mondior Hotels.
Allegedly these facilities do not comply with the Department of Health’s quarantine facilities guidelines.
On Wednesday, AfriForum sent a letter to the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia De Lille, demanding answers regarding the information they received from those people who are currently being quarantined at the hotels.
According to the detainees at the hotels, the facilities do not comply with the Department of Health’s quarantine facilities guidelines, and their fundamental rights are allegedly being violated by officials.
Afriform has sent a report of these violations and offences to the Minister, these include:
- The facilities are not properly cleaned and disinfected and the rooms are unsanitary
- The detainees are not clinically tested for symptoms of the virus
- The dietary requirements of the detainees are not met
- Testing for the virus is inconsistent and they are not provided with their test results in a timely manner.
- Families are separated and kept in different rooms
- The elderly, ill and pregnant detainees are not receiving proper medical care
- People are kept like prisoners in their rooms; they are only allowed to leave these rooms for a couple of minutes per day.
- The detainees are treated without respect by the Facilities Officials, which violates their basic human rights.
Afriforum has granted the Minister one week to investigate and answer all these allegations they received.
Afriforum has also filed a court application against the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, to have these regulations declared unconstitutional, illegal and irrational.
These regulations state, that the government can force people who test positive for the virus, to be quarantined in state facilities, despite the fact that they can effectively self -isolate.
“If we do not get satisfactory answers to this request, we will consider legal action to help the detainees. Afriforum cannot allow people to be held hostage by the government and that their most basic human rights are violated, “ said Monique Taut, Head of Campaigns at Afriforum.
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