DA heads to court in bid to end lockdown

DA heads to court in bid to end lockdown

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is headed to court over the extension of the national state of disaster.

John Steenhuisen

Party leader John Steenhuisen says they've instructed their lawyers to bring an urgent application against the decision.


Government says it was necessary to extend it because alternative legislation to manage the Covid-19 pandemic is not in place yet.


Steenhuisen says the country cannot afford to be in a state of disaster for another day.

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He says the lockdown must also end.


"It is pushing more and more people into joblessness and deeper into poverty. The real disaster facing South Africa is our growing poverty and jobs crisis. 


"When the government moves lockdown regulations into permanent legislation instead, the DA will mount a legal challenge to those too."


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