Prohibition of hairdressers irrational: DA threatens to litigate

DA Shadow Industry and Trade Minister Dean Macpherson

Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance (DA) lawyers wrote to Dr. Nkosazana Dlami­ni-Zuma, Min­is­ter of Coop­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tion­al Affairs (CoG­TA), regard­ing the con­tin­ued pro­hi­bi­tion of per­son­al care ser­vices such as hair­dressers.

In a state­ment on Tues­day, DA Shad­ow Indus­try and Trade Min­is­ter Dean Macpher­son warned that if the Min­is­ter does not answer our lawyer’s let­ter before 14:00 on Wednes­day, June 3,  DA with file a law­suit.

“Our law­suits are espe­cial­ly for sin­gle moth­ers and young entre­pre­neurs who earn month­ly income in this indus­try, and no oth­er source of income, usu­al­ly oper­at­ed at home and oth­er low-rent premis­es.

The Nation­al Min­istry of Finance pre­dicts that dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, 50% of South Africans may be unem­ployed. These absurd reg­u­la­tions of the min­is­ters did not stop this trend, but only ensured that these pre­dic­tions are unchanged,” said McPher­son.

McPher­son hint­ed that Min­is­ter Dlami­ni-Zuma did not pro­vide evi­dence to prove why the indus­try could not resume work, which is unac­cept­able.

“The ban is unrea­son­able, and ille­gal to clas­si­fy the per­son­al care ser­vice indus­try as a lev­el 3 crime,” said McPher­son.

Obvi­ous­ly, said McPher­son, these com­pa­nies can com­ply with the health agree­ment, can track any cus­tomers or employ­ees who may be in con­tact with any­one infect­ed with Covid-19.

MacPher­son said the indus­try can take social iso­la­tion mea­sures to pre­vent the spread of dis­ease among cus­tomers and employ­ees.

“It makes no sense at all, if so many oth­er indus­tries are allowed to be open dur­ing the locked-in lev­el 3, It exclude the per­son­al care indus­try from par­tic­i­pat­ing in eco­nom­ic activ­i­ties safe­ly apro­pri­ate Covid-19 hygiene reg­u­la­tions.

The devel­op­ment agen­da will not rep­re­sent this. We will try to open up the indus­try as soon as pos­si­ble and get rid of such unrea­son­able and destruc­tive reg­u­la­tions,” added McPher­son.




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