The Western Cape High Court postponed the lawsuit filed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday to force the government to lift the ban on hairdressers and personal care services, which prohibit them to do business during the level 3 lockdown period.
Judge Mark Sher ordered the matter to be heard before a full bench June 22, 2020, after the respondent ‘s Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma failed to submit opposing documents.
The government will also be given the opportunity to consider reopening the industry, which may be decided when the cabinet meets on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
The court has ordered that if the government does not open the industry on Wednesday, the minister must submit documents and speak publicly and formally.
DA Shadow Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Dean Macpherson said his party sincerely hopes that the cabinet will put industry professionals first and put an end to their economic suffering.
McPherson said: “If Minister Dlamini-Zuma and the Cabinet do not do so, they will be sworn to provide these reasons.”
The hair industry also includes beauticians and tattooists.