AfriForum Calls For An End To Curfew

It has been 20 months since the start of the country's lockdown and curfews were imposed. And some rights groups are fed up. 
 

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AfriForum has written to Cogta Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, calling for an end to the curfew. This comes after the ministry recently extended the national state of disaster by an extra 30 days.

AfriForum's Lawyer, Daniel Eloff says that they want the Minister to provide evidence that curfews are still an effective measure in fighting the spread of Covid-19.

Eloff further states that infection rates are at their lowest point and that this has been the result of decent vaccination rates. 

He argues that infection rates rose despite the implementation of stricter lockdown measures, adding that the current infection rate has remained relatively low despite the implementation of more lenient lockdown restrictions.    
 
"At this point where we don’t have a stringent curfew, we’re seeing relatively low cases. If you even think about the fact we had an election two weeks ago, and Covid takes two weeks to present itself in patients, it's clear we’re not going to see this immediate spike," he adds  

The NGO’s legal representative also states that the cooperative governance ministry has also been reluctant to present evidence, for the implementations of its measures in some of the lockdown related cases. 

I don’t think anyone is saying there is no reason behind lockdown measures. It’s simply that South Africans have a constitutional right to informed decision making, and that if the decision is informed by underlying evidence then they should provide the South African public with that evidence.

The group has given the Minister until Friday to respond. Eloff says that their intention is to engage in dialogue regarding the matter, as it has been the case in previous instances where government entities have been willing to engage with Civil organisations to lower restrictions.

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