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.