EDITORIAL | It’s now the state’s turn to be very annoyed

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EDITORIAL | It’s now the state’s turn to be very annoyed

The high court judgment has huge implications for the entire lockdown and not just the irksome regulations

Editorial

The North Gauteng High Court has created a headache for government after finding that level 3 and 4 regulations of the national lockdown are invalid and unconstitutional.

In a damning judgment delivered on Tuesday, judge Norman Davis declared that the regulations promulgated by cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma were “unconstitutional and invalid”.

However, he left the lockdown regulations in place for the next two weeks, suspending the declaration of invalidity for 14 days and thereby giving the government time to “review, amend and republish regulations” that infringe on certain individual rights protected in the Bill of Rights. He has ordered that Dlamini-Zuma rectify these...

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