Cyril Ramaphosa said in his newsletter on Monday that he would not stand in the way of any South African if the person wanted to drag the government to court because of the national state of restriction.
Ramaphosa says one of the most important victories of South Africa’s democracy is that every South African believes the Constitution protects him or her and that the courts are fair and impartial.
Ramaphosa says many people went to court. Some were successful and some failed.
Ramaphosa says in the seven weeks that followed, many went to court. He says some were successful and some were not, while others withdrew their court applications after meeting with the government.
He says although the government does not want any legal action, he accepts that South African citizens who are dissatisfied with the containment measures have the right to approach the court.
As I told the journalist, every South African has a right to approach the courts and even I, as President, could never stand in the way of anybody exercising that right.President Ramaphosa
There has been, and will continue to be, robust and strident critique of a number of aspects of our national response to coronavirus, from the data modelling and projections, to the economic effects of the lockdown, to the regulations. As government we have neither called for such critique to be tempered or for it to be silenced.
Ramaphosa says criticism of the government, which may be constructive, helps the government to adapt under the circumstances.