Help the DA challenge irrational and dangerous elements of the hard lockdown in court

In our unrelenting fight to protect our democracy and help every single South African who needs emergency coronavirus relief get the help that’s available from government, we have been hard at work approaching the courts and the potential source of much of the relief funding, the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

  • We instructed our lawyers to challenge the discriminatory use of the coronavirus emergency relief fund because it isn’t right for government to exclude citizens from this relief based on their, or their employer’s, race and other arbitrary criteria.
  • We petitioned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make any funds obtained from them by the South African government conditional on non-racial use, or any other arbitrary criteria.
  • Our lawyers filed papers in the High Court challenging the rationality of three separate lockdown-related issues: the night curfew, the ban on e-commerce and the restriction on exercise hours. And we are also challenging the constitutionality of the aspect of the Disaster Management Act that allows the National Command Council to make decisions as they please, without any checks and balances!
  • And most recently, we launched a court case against government’s ban on NGOs distributing food to desperate and hungry people cut off from providing for themselves during lockdown.

Right now, these legal challenges of ours are what stand in the way of a slide towards a one-party fiefdom, where laws and regulations are simply issued by decree.

It is in every single South African’s interest that we succeed.

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