The Pretoria High Court on Wednesday declared the restriction regulations, which could force people to stay in an institution if they have any Covid-19 symptoms.
AfriForum brought an urgent application before Judge JW Louw to request that the part of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, is declared invalid.
According to the civil rights organization, this specific regulation was “irrational and draconian,” aimed at putting everyone who tested positive for the virus under mandatory quarantine.
AfriForum’s application was based on the fact that, according to the organization, these regulations would be unconstitutional, illegal and irrational. Among other things, the regulations stipulated that anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 – regardless of their symptoms – would be placed in government isolation facilities.
The department failed to oppose AfriForum’s application.
This is the second court victory that AfriForum has achieved against the government with regard to quarantine regulations. Earlier in May, the same court ruled that the dreadful Zithabiseni quarantine camp should be closed near Groblersdal and people should be allowed to go home.