KIU, Main Campus - On Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, a South African
High Court declared some of the government's Coronavirus lockdown regulations
unconstitutional, but suspended the order for 14 days.
In March, South Africa
introduced one of the world's most restrictive COVID-19 lockdowns - including a
ban on alcohol and cigarette sales - but has gradually eased restrictions.
After a lawsuit filed by the Liberty Fighters Network
advocacy group arguing that the restrictions were unlawful as they violated
South Africa's Bill of Rights, the court declared rules governing certain
lockdown levels to be "unconstitutional and invalid".
"The regulations...in a substantial number of instances
are not rationally connected to the objectives of slowing the rate of infection
or limiting the spread thereof. Insofar as the 'lockdown regulations' do not
satisfy the 'rationality test', their encroachment on and limitation of
rights... is not justifiable," the written judgement read.
However, since the effect of the court decision was
suspended for 14 days, South Africa's cabinet resolved that the current
lockdown regulations would remain in place.