AfriForum is now launching a lawsuit over government regulations regarding the lockdown, AfriForum says government is leaving room to violate the rights of people who test positive for Covid-19 in respect of compulsory isolation.
This comes after AfriForum gave Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 48 hours on Tuesday to respond to a letter from their attorney.
In the attorney’s letter addressed to her earlier, the organization requests that she add a condition to the regulations that stipulate that people who test positive for Covid-19 are allowed to isolate themselves and will not be required to be secluded in state-run facilities to become.
AfriForum’s letter follows after Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu and Sihle Zikalala, respectively KwaZulu-Natal MEC for health and prime minister, said people who test positive for Covid-19 in this province will be taken to state-run isolation facilities where they should remain until they are virus free.
Roets says their case is more about the regulations issued by the minister than about the statements of the KwaZulu-Natal government.
“They are empowered by the regulations that say no one should refuse to be taken to such a place if the government tells you to go.”
He said the implementation of such a practice would violate people’s basic right to freedom, encourage them for fear of not testing themselves for the virus, and put undue pressure on the state’s resources.
Mlungisi Mtshali, a spokeswoman for Dlamini-Zuma, said in response that the minister’s office did not receive the email until 11:00 on Friday. This is apparently because the email was first sent to the wrong address.
The letter has now been brought to the attention of the Minister. He says he’s sure it’s an important issue.
“The minister will discuss this with her colleagues and respond accordingly.”
However, Roets says it is untrue that the minister’s office did not receive it earlier, as it is the same e-mail address with which AfriForum communicates with the department on other matters.
He also says the attorney’s letter was sent to several officials, as well as the state attorney.