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SA court orders the overhaul of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

A South African court has given the government 14 days to overhaul some of the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The case was filed by the Liberty Fighters Network and the Hola Bona Renaissance Foundation to challenge the imposition of restrictions.

In its verdict the court found some of the restrictions as unconstitutional and invalid.

The high court in the capital, Pretoria, also noted that the regulations were not connected to slowing the rate of infection or limiting its spread.

“The regulations… in a substantial number of instances are not rationally connected to the objectives of slowing the rate of infection or limiting the spread thereof,” the judge said.

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Judge Norman Davis argued it was wrong to allow people to travel to attend funerals but not to earn their livelihoods by street trading, as many South Africans do.

It then gave the government 14 days to overhaul restrictions on funerals, informal workers and amount of exercise.

The government has promised to review the regulations but in the meantime the current lockdown regulations will apply.

Police have opened almost 230,000 cases for violating lockdown regulations since the beginning of lockdown on 26 March.

South Africa has recorded 35,812 confirmed cases and 755 deaths.


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