The DA Federal insist the Disaster Management Act used to enforce the lockdown and its regulations is unconstitutional and has promoted dictatorship.
The DA federal chair Helen Zille said on Friday the act allowed government to run a dictatorship without having to consult MPs about the regulations put in place.
Speaking on the party’s Coronacast Facebook channel, Zille said the act had given Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma “absolute power to make a new set of laws.
Fundamentally changing people’s lives without going back to parliament once, without being transparent about data and without giving reasons for the decisions she has made”.
Though the act was a level below a state of emergency, Zille suggested it contained loopholes which essentially stripped the president of his power and handed it to the Cogta minister.
For now, she said, power lay with Dlamini-Zuma on how long the lockdown would continue, adding that according to the law President Cyril Ramaphosa was simply a “frontman” for it all.
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“The person who the law delegates the power to is Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
“This enabled her to also “delegate the power to make all kinds of irrational regulations, she said.
Zille wondered where the DA had been when the law was passed and why the party did not call for it to be reviewed.