The DA will make its case Friday in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town over the ongoing ban on personal care services such as hairdressers and beauty salons during level 3 of seclusion. The opposition party wants the ban declared invalid and unconstitutional.
This comes shortly after the DA filed court papers on Monday against the Minister of Cooperative Government, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
In these court papers, the party argues with the hair salon group Palladium Hair that the ban on personal care services during the seclusion period is unacceptable, irrational and unlawful. Palladium Hair operates several hair salons in the Western Cape and Gauteng.
According to Dean Macpherson, DA MP and shadow minister of trade and industry, it is unjustifiable that almost every other industry has been able to reopen except the personal care sector. “This sector consists of small businesses and employs hundreds of thousands of people across South Africa who are dependent on income,” the party’s founding oath states.
According to the court documents, the ban on personal care services is contrary to Article 22 of the Constitution which gives all citizens the right to freely practice trade or a profession regulated by law.