Solidarity unhappy about COVID-19 regulations, plans legal action

Solidarity unhappy about COVID-19 regulations, plans legal action

Solidarity says the health regulations that were published by Minister of Health Joe Phaahla were both irrational and unlawful. The regulations were recently published in the Government Gazette.

CEO for Solidarity Dr Dirk Hermann says the letter has already been issued to Minister Phaahla. According to Hermann, the minister was requested to disclose how the decision on the regulations was reached.

Solidarity said the health regulations published in the Government Gazette by health minister Joe Phaahla were unlawful and irrational.

Solidarity CEO Dr Dirk Hermann said a legal letter had been issued to Phaahla in which the minister is requested to disclose how the decision on the regulations was reached.

“The department of health’s dragging its heels in publishing the regulations led to the absurd situation where the public did not know by 23:00 last night (Wednesday, 4 May) what would hit them the next morning. This is totally unacceptable and has taken the country back to family meetings and the immediate effect of lockdowns,”

Hermann said.

Trade union believes Government has no care for public comment

Hermann says that Government admitted in the Gazette that more time was needed to consider public input. He added that the gazetting said regulations point toward Government regarding public input as an inconvenience.

“Public input is not just for the semblance of participation but must be considered. Government’s actions made a mockery of the public participation process,”

said Solidarity’s CEO.

Solidarity’s legal team is looking at what legal steps can be taken to challenge the regulations.

“The most draconic and worrying of the new regulations is that the minister of health can arbitrarily decide to enact or withdraw them. This means the minister can put the entire country into lockdown with no prior notice and no limits to this power,”

Hermann said.

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