Cabinet has decided to appeal the recent North Gauteng High Court decision that declared COVID-19 levels 4 and 3 lockdown regulations unconstitutional and invalid.
In a statement following a Virtual Cabinet Meeting on 4 June 2020, cabinet indicated that, “after obtaining legal advice and listening to numerous comments made by members of the legal fraternity in reaction to the judgement, we are of the view that another court might come to a different conclusion on the matter”.
The appeal is to be sought on an urgent basis “so that it can obtain certainty on the regulations”.
Cabinet declared that all interventions introduced since the declaration of a state of national disaster in March 2020 by president Ramaphosa were designed primarily to save lives.
“While government appeals the court judgment, current regulations remain in force and we appeal and urge all our people to observe all the health protocols that have been put in place including washing of hands, social distancing, wearing of masks in public as well as screening and referral for testing where necessary.”
Cabinet has also decided to extend the national state of disaster by another month from 15 June to 15 July 2020.
The Disaster Management Act provides for a three-month national state of disaster with the option to renew one month at a time.