We need wide lockdown powers to function, insist Cyril, NDZ
State opposes DA’s ConCourt move, saying there are ‘ample provisions’ to hold the executive accountable
The government needs the extraordinary powers set out in the legislation governing SA’s Covid-19 lockdown to be able to act efficiently and effectively in this state of disaster, President Cyril Ramaphosa and co-operative governance minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma argue in papers before the Constitutional Court.
The DA has asked the highest court in the land to urgently hear a case in which they argue that a section of the Disaster Management Act is unconstitutional since it breaches the doctrine of the separation of powers and usurps parliament’s legislative powers without providing for any oversight.
The act focuses on, among other things, preventing and reducing the risk, and mitigating the severity, of disasters. ..