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Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu

Cabinet appeals ruling on COVID-19 regulations

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The Cabinet has decided to appeal the decision of the Northern Gauteng High Court, which declared the COVID-19 regulations at levels 3 and 4 invalid and unconstitutional.

Judge Norman Davis’ verdict was pronounced on Tuesday.

He said the lockdown regulations did not meet the reasonableness test.

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu said the cabinet decided to appeal the decision of the Northern Gauteng High Court.

Mthembu said Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister,  Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, together with President Cyril Ramaphosa will appeal the verdict.

Judge Davis provided the government with 14 days to change the guidelines, which means that level 3 regulations will be retained until the new regulations are issued.

“While the government appeals the verdict, the parental regulations are still in effect, and we call on and urge our people to abide by the established hygiene rules, including washing hands, social distancing, and wearing masks in public, and conducting screening and referrals,” said Mthembu.

The Cabinet hopes to assure the country that all interventions taken since President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of national disaster in March 2020 are mainly to save the lives of our people.

Mthembu added: “The regulation restricts the movement of people and stops some economic activities to slow down the spread of COVID-19 infection.”

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