Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Cabinet will launch a legal fightback against the Pretoria High Court, after a judge ruled that their implementation of lockdown laws were ‘invalid and unconstitutional’ earlier this week. Our current State of Disaster has also been extended.
On Tuesday, the government was given 14 business days to redraft their lockdown regulations, as many of them had allegedly breached the Constitutional protections granted to South Africans by the Bill of Rights.
However, rather than take the decision on the chin, Mthembu announced that his colleagues – fronted by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and President Ramaphosa – will escalate the case to a higher authority, in the hopes that another court will “come to a different conclusion”.
“We are of the view a different court will come to another conclusion. We are appealing the decision and we want a hearing on an urgent basis. Minister Dlamini-Zuma will be joined in this appeal by Cyril Ramaphosa and health minister Zweli Mkhize”
Meanwhile, Mthembu also used the opportunity to tell citizens that the State of Disaster laws – which effectively enable lockdown to take place – will be in place for at least another month. He confirmed that this legislative period would remain in place until at least Wednesday 15 July.