AfriForum calls for an end to national curfews

AfriForum’s legal team today sent a letter of demand to Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, stating that the continued implementation of national curfews as part of the state of disaster is irrational and unjustified. South Africa has been in a state of disaster since 15 March 2020.

In the letter to the minister, AfriForum has requested the following:

  1. To be provided with written reasons why there are curfews as well as supporting     evidence that curfews are an effective precautionary measure against COVID-19.
  1. To be provided with the documents and supporting documents, expert reports, evidence and data which supports the decision to enact curfews.
  1. That the implementation of national curfews be ceased with immediate effect.

AfriForum requested an urgent response by close of business on 19 November 2021.

“The continued forcing of curfews upon the population is unacceptable and not grounded in fact-based evidence. Therefore, AfriForum has stepped in to put a stop to this irrational policy. Should AfriForum not receive a response by the above-mentioned date it will be compelled to approach the High Court for relief, pending the Department and Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs providing the above requested data, supporting evidence and reasons” says Jacques Broodryk, Campaigns Manager at AfriForum.

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