The trial in the case between the Liberty Fighters Network (LFN) and the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will now take place virtually on Wednesday. This follows after Dlamini-Zuma’s legal team requested that it take place virtually due to their fear of the spread of Covid-19.
NewsLiteSA reported earlier that Dlamini-Zuma had asked the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal against Judge Davis’ Supreme Court ruling in July, in which six of the government’s seclusion regulations were declared irrational. The Liberty Fighters Network (LFN) and its president and founder, Reyno de Beer, have dragged Dlamini-Zuma to court over the regulations.
In a letter addressed to the court earlier, Dlamini-Zuma’s legal team, led by Adv. Wim Trengove, claims it poses a risk to the legal team if the case is heard in court, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable to complications from Covid-19.
According to a statement from the LFN, the group recognizes the right of Dlamini-Zuma’s legal team to be wary of Covid-19. “Adv. However, during the trial in June, Trengove did nothing to alleviate the alleged shortcomings of health protocols. He admitted in court that he felt safe before submitting his argument, “said the LFN group.
“It is of course a very serious matter if it is found that court officials have misrepresented their facts. LFN is considering, if and when appropriate, raising the issue before another forum. ”
The LFN is of the opinion that Dlamini-Zuma’s isolation regulations have almost no effect on combating the spread of the virus. Maroela Media previously reported that De Beer, LFN’s president and founder, Reyno de Beer, says the government is hiding behind the “cliché” of protecting lives. The LFN argues that lives and South Africans’ way of making a living are lost precisely because of the seclusion regulations.
According to De Beer, the government is simply continuing to introduce unconstitutional segregation regulations. The court documents refer to the mandatory wearing of masks, the reinstatement of the ban on alcohol, and the continued ban on tobacco products, which has since been suspended.
The trial is set to air virtually on YouTube and Facebook on Wednesday at 10 p.m. At least 110 restaurants and pubs nationwide represented by the LFN will also broadcast the court case live.