DA heads to court over ban on personal care services

DA heads to court over ban on personal care services

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is set to head to the Western Cape High Court on Friday in a bid to overturn the ban on personal care services.

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As it stands, hairdressers, tattoo artists and beauticians are not allowed to operate under Level 3.

The DA’s Dean Macpherson says the ban on the personal service industry under lockdown Level 3 is irrational, arbitrary and unlawful.

“The DA looks forward to presenting our case before the judge, and we also look forward to meeting (Cooperative Governance) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in court so she can provide her rationality for banning hundreds of thousands of people from earning a living, keeping a roof over their heads and keeping food on the table.”

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The majority of sectors returned to work on June 1, but government has not given the green light to businesses that require a lot of contact between workers and customers.

“The DA believes this is an important case, not only just for the party but for all those hard-working men and women who want to get back to work, want to support their families and want to protect their businesses,” Macpherson adds.

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has vowed to find a solution for hairdressers, nail salons and other personal care, saying the focus would shift to this sector in the coming weeks.

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