Coronavirus: ConCourt Dismisses NGOs Application to Challenge Lockdown

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President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image source: GCIS

The Constitutional Court challenge launched by an undisclosed foundation which is against the 21-day lockdown has been dismissed, News24 reported.

The application was seeking leave to challenge President Cyril Ramaphosa’s order to implement a 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The application was brought by South African civil society group Hola Bon Renaissance (HBR), who applied for direct access to the Constitutional Court on the basis of urgency.

News24 reported that the Constitutional Court said the case had no prospect of success and decided not to award costs.

Also read: Coronavirus: South Africa to Oppose an Undisclosed Foundation ConCourt Challenge

The Star newspaper reported on Saturday that the Justice Minister Ronald Lamola will oppose the Constitutional Court challenge launched by an undisclosed foundation which is against the 21-day lockdown.

Under the lockdown, South Africans have and continue to be required to stay at home from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020, until midnight on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Also read: Coronavirus: Motsepe Family & Associated Companies Pledges R1-bn to Fight COVID-19

The Motsepe Family in partnership with companies and organisations that they are associated with have pledged R1 billion to assist with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its related challenges that are confronting South Africa and the African Continent.

The Founder and Chairman of the Motsepe Foundation, Dr Patrice Motsepe said: “Several hundred million rands will immediately be made available with the primary objective of saving lives and slowing and restraining the spread of the Coronavirus.

“We are purchasing sanitisers, disinfectants, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are in discussions with Government, health workers and other stakeholders to assist with acquiring other equipment and making resources available which are essential for dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

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