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The ongoing court case, to lift the ban on hairdressers and personal care services during the lockdown, has on Friday, been postponed so that the matter can be heard in front of a full bench. DA Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson said Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma “deliberately” failed to submit opposing papers and therefore, Western Cape High Court Judge Justice Mark Sher pushed the case back to 22 June.
Macpherson, who attended the Western Cape High Court hearing on Friday, said Dlamini-Zuma was deliberate in her actions. Macpherson said she knew that by not submitting opposing papers, the court case would have to be postponed and she would not have to lift the ban on hairdressers and the personal care industry.
“Minister Dlamini-Zuma has shown the highest level of callousness towards working South Africans by deliberately not filing opposing papers knowing that it would lead to a delay. The court has now had to instruct her to file papers by the 18th. We will fight on!” said Macpherson.
The DA says government will, however, be given an opportunity to consider lifting the ban on hairdressers and the personal care industry, for which a decision may be taken on Wednesday 17 June 2020 when Cabinet meets.
“There has been a steadfast refusal by Minister Dlamini-Zuma to open up the personal care industry, let alone meet her own self-imposed deadlines to do so. The Court has ordered the Minister to file and go on record if the government does not open the sector on Wednesday,” said Macpherson.
“There is now a clear path towards opening up the industry which includes hairdressers, beauticians, and tattoo artists,” he added.
Macpherson said the DA will ensure that Dlamini-Zuma is held to account for her inaction and delay in assisting the personal care industry, as well as hairdressers.
Macpherson said the case is extremely important for the party but also for thousands of South Africans, including hairdressers and beauticians, who were unable to earn a living due to the continued ban of the personal care industry.
Prior to the judgement, Macpherson said the following:
“The continued criminalisation of the personal care services industry under Level 3 is irrational, arbitrary and unlawful. Minister Dlamini-Zuma has not provided a shred of evidence as to why this industry can not return to work. It is completely unacceptable. Thousands of people in SA earn a monthly income in this industry.”