Lobby group AfriForum said it will take legal action against the government after the Department of Health extended the deadline for public comment on draft regulations for Covid-19 rules by three months.
The Department of Health approved the draft regulation late Wednesday evening.
The rules are meant to help the government deal with the ongoing pandemic now that the nation’s state of disaster has come to an end.
The proposed regulation was published in March and the public was given only one month to comment.
According to the department, this extension is in line with legal requirements and will give the department sufficient time to review and consider all comments and representations on the regulations.
This was stated by AfriForum’s campaign manager, Jacques Broodryk 702 they deal with all the draft regulations that the Department of Health approved at the last minute.
“Some of the regulations were more extravagant than others, like forced medical treatment. This is part of the story we have been through. We are concerned about the way the government has dealt with the process of public participation, wanting to continually force regulations while the rest of the world is abandoning disguised mandates and deregulation. It just doesn’t make sense to us, ”Broodryk said.
Broodryk said AfriForum has legal documents ready to be filed against the government.
“AfriForum, together with the DearSA public participation platform, will initiate legal action against government settlement proposals. The AfriForum court documents have already been finalized for legal action and our legal team is ready to fight these amendments immediately. “
AfriForum argues that the draft regulations fall outside the intended scope of the legislation.
“It was never the intention of the legislator that these acts have such far-reaching effects and consequences. Some of these proposed regulations, such as forced quarantine, have previously been overturned by the court ”.
DearSA says he is also concerned about the government’s handling of the public participation process regarding comments on the recently proposed amendments to the health law.
“The number of comments submitted, as quoted by health officials, is far less than the number of comments DearSA has received and submitted on behalf of public attendees. Over 95% of the 283,000 comments we received rejected this regulation in its entirety. A detailed report of all these individual comments will be made available to the public shortly, “said Gideon Joubert, CEO of DearSA.