Dlamini-Zuma opposes the court’s offer to end the state of national disaster

The national team State of disaster it may not soon end in the midst of a pending judicial battle.

Dear SA accused the government of having no intention of ending the disaster.

This comes after the Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma notified the civil rights organization and co-claimant AfriForum of the government’s intention to oppose their offer in court.

“This response indicates that the government has no plans to lift the disaster status. And that, despite previous promises, excessive regulations are here to stay, ”SA’s dear media officer Tim Flack said in a statement.

With the current state of disaster ending on Tuesday, March 15Flack said DearSA will continue with its lawsuit.

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Dear SA President Rob Hutchison also indicated that Covid-19 regulations are here to stay.

“They won’t finish it. A week ago we received a notice from the minister’s legal team stating that they are opposing our legal challenge to end the disaster. Keep playing, “he said in a tweet last Thursday.

last month, AfriForum and DearSA appealed to the Pretoria High Court in an attempt to secure disaster status declared invalid arguing that the Covid-19 pandemic was no more than the required scale.

Dlamini-Zuma also recently informed the corporate group sake championship through a letter that the State of Disaster would end when “adequate measures have been finalized to cope with the effects of Covid-19 beyond the State of Disaster”.

New regulations

The government has been repeatedly criticized for extending the state of disaster without parliamentary control.

As of March 14, South Africa was blocked for at least 717 days after the president first declared a state of disaster in March 2020.

The State of Disaster will be terminated once the regulations of the National Health Act are finalized.

The Department of Health is Currently modifies the regulation thus the country can emerge from the state of disaster.

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According to the Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, the new health regulations will ensure that there are sufficient protective measures to replace the Disaster Management Act.

The regulations will cover the surveillance and control of notifiable diseases, public health measures at points of entry, management of human remains and environmental health.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to announce an additional month extension to the disaster state if regulations are not ready by Tuesday, with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) should meet on Monday.

Amendment bill

Meanwhile, ParliamentThe Portfolio Committee on Cogta has since completed the drafting process of the Disaster management amendment bill.

He revealed this during the National Assembly Programming Committee meeting last Thursday.

The bill is now expected to go to the National Assembly for debate, after being published in the government gazette last July for public comment.

After the debate, the parliamentarians of the National Assembly will vote on whether or not to approve the bill and proceed to the selected committees for discussion.

It will then pass to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for a debate and vote, before being sent to the President Cirillo Ramafosa for approval, according to Parliament’s website on “how laws are made“.

Proposed amendments to the Disaster Management Act could see some major changes to South Africa’s state of disaster and Covid-19 blocking regulations if signed by Ramaphosa.

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