Support our legal action against lockdown regulations

Pledge your mandate and support for Sakeliga’s lawsuit against the lockdown regulations

Sakeliga is soon to start a decisive lawsuit against the government’s lockdown regulations. The process documents have already been served and Sakeliga will argue that the government is not entitled to require businesses to have permits, licences and certificates.

The court is requested to:

  • order that the government cannot instruct organs of state to issue licences, permits or certificates under the state of disaster, and also cannot require businesses to have same, apart from the permits issued by businesses themselves.
  • order specifically that neither the police nor any other law enforcers are entitled to demand a CIPC certificate, permit or licence for essential or permitted products and services, apart from self-issued permits.
  • set aside regulations promulgated by the minister of small business development on 12 May. The regulations provide that several types of business, including so-called (and yet undefined) small bakeries, confectioneries and hardware stores as well as informal and micro restaurants and shisanyamas, and trades and artisanry businesses are not allowed to do business without a licence issued by a municipality.

Why are we asking you to support the lawsuit?

  • Business owners and their employees are unlawfully being prevented from working and are even being arrested.
  • Businesses are unlawfully being instructed to close, in some instances because of abuse of power, but more often because of uncertainty among law enforcers surrounding the confusing permit, certificate and licence requirements.
  • Community benevolence is being obstructed and the state is threatening to centralise community-based benevolence.
  • Community organisations should be allowed to render assistance without interference.
  • Businesses, that on the basis of race don’t qualify for government assistance, will only survive if they can operate without further delay and hindrance, while simultaneously dealing with medical risks in a responsible manner.

Sakeliga will request the High Court to set aside a wide range of licensing conditions that have been imposed in the course of the state of disaster, and also to protect businesses, non-profit organisations and employees against unlawful obstruction and arrest.

 

Piet le Roux, HUB van Sakeliga, het Saterdag op RSG Naweekaktueel gepraat.

| Luister | "Piet le Roux, HUB van Sakeliga, het Saterdag op RSG Naweekaktueel gepraat oor Sakeliga se opkomende regsaksie teen die regering oor die onregmatige toedrag van sake dat besighede, organisasies sonder winsoogmerk, eenmansake en ander organisasies of individue wat nie by die CIPC geregistreer is nie, vir sertifikate op die CIPC se webblad moet aansoek doen. Luister gerus na die onderhoud hier."

Posted by Sakeliga on Tuesday, 19 May 2020

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Complete the form and pledge your mandate and support. If you are a business owner we will use your mandate to emphasise the seriousness and urgency to the business community. Your support as a member of the public creates public pressure.

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