The DA on Monday filed urgent court documents with 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. With these court documents, the DA wants the ban on personal care services declared invalid and unconstitutional.
The legal action follows after Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs, failed to respond to the letter addressed to her by Wednesday at 14:00. In the letter she was asked to provide valid reasons why this industry could not be resumed during level 3 of seclusion.
Dean Macpherson, DA MP and shadow minister of trade and industry, says the DA feels it is unjustifiable that almost every other industry can reopen, except for the personal care sector.
Macpherson says this ban is in violation of Article 22 of the Constitution, which gives all citizens the right to freely trade or a profession regulated by the law. The DA regards the ban as unacceptable, irrational and unlawful.
Macpherson says the ban causes hundreds of thousands of people to sit without an income.