DA to continue with personal care court case

DA to continue with personal care court case

The  Democratic Alliance (DA) will continue with its court application to force the government to reopen personal care industry until the new regulations are published.

Democratic Alliance members protest outside court during coffin assault case
Getty Images - Photo shows DA members gathered outside court during the coffin assault case

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday that the government will ease the level 3 lockdown restrictions further with hairdressers, restaurants and cinemas allowed to resume business.

But the DA’s Dean Macpherson believes it’s likely that the decision will be overturned.

"Due to the recent history of President Ramaphosa being overturned by Minister (of Cooperative Governance Nkosazana) Dlamini-Zuma on important issues like this, the DA will continue to pursue our court case until such time as the regulations for the personal care industry are published and a firm date is given for them to reopen," he says.

Macpherson add that President Ramaphosa knew that government would lose the personal care court case.

"The truth is, President Ramaphosa has buckled under the pressure of our looming court case against the continued ban and criminalisation of the industry which is to be heard on 22 June before a full bench of the Western Cape High Court. The president knows full well Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would lose.”

Dlamini-Zuma will still need to file her responding affidavits to the court by June 18.

"We will not allow the minister to pull a fast one on South Africans again like she did with the tobacco ban," Macpherson says.



Hairdressers, restaurants, cinemas to reopen

"There are businesses at have not earned any income or revenue and individuals that have not had any income for over 80 days.

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