Government puts plans in place to deal with lockdown legal bill

Government is anticipating a spate of legal challenges from agrieved citizens stemming from the national lockdown.

Government puts plans in place to deal with lockdown legal bill

Government is putting moves in place to pre-empt what could be a considerable legal bill stemming from the national lockdown.

 reports that among discussions on the table is the appointment of a retired judge who will preside over potential grievances levelled against government in the coming months.

Government anticipates a spate of legal challenges

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says this is to give citizens a platform to mount legal challenges against the powers that be.

“When you look at most of these issues, particularly with the processes, there are people who are aggrieved by some of the issues but do not have the money to go to court,” he is quoted by the publication.

“So if they raise the dispute the state attorney can then be able to mediate between them and the various departments to say that there is a particular issue and we can resolve it.

“But even for those who do have money who want to take us to court, we are creating a buffer whereby the disputes can be resolved by both parties and they agree that their dispute does not need to be settled through the court, then they can mediate through a judge who can give a ruling that both parties accept.”

Ronald Lamola

Lamola says they are concerned about the potential legal bill, but have also saved costs through consultation prior to implementing the lockdown regulations. 

“Particularly before we issued the regulations, there was a lot of legal work which needed to be done,” he said.

“Things such as getting opinions on whether the proposals met constitutional muster. As a result of the sheer volume of the work we needed extra hands from outside. Only in certain cases have we had to pay normal fees. We are grateful because we would not have had the capacity to deal with it on our own expediently.”

Ronald Lamola

South Africa recently entered into Level 4 of lockdown regulations, easing some of the restrictions.

Source : The South African More   

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KZN golfers arrested for flouting lockdown regulations for a round

Six Newcastle golfers arrested for breaching lockdown for a round were granted bail this week and they will appear in court again in July.

KZN golfers arrested for flouting lockdown regulations for a round

The South African Police Service have announced the arrest of six Newcastle residents caught playing golf on Saturday 25 April.

Golfers arrested for lockdown breach

Umesh Karsan, Ronnell Singh, Pradeep Singh, Vinod Karsan, Sanjay Singh and Shaun Pillay were caught on the Newcastle Golf Club course and detained until they appeared in court.

On Tuesday 28 April the six golfers arrested on the weekend were granted bail of R1500 each and will appear in court again on 27 July.

SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said all six were charged under the Disaster Management Act.

“Six people were arrested for playing golf in Newcastle, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday during the national lockdown,” Brigadier Naidoo said in a statement issued to the press.

“Umesh Karsan, Ronnell Singh, Pradeep Singh, Vinod Karsan, Sanjay Singh and Shaun Pillay appeared in the Newcastle magistrate’s court on Tuesday.

“The Amajuba cluster task team was performing Covid-19 lockdown duties on 25 April from 06:00 to 18:00. The members were patrolling Barry Hertzog Park, Newcastle, when they noticed a group of people playing golf at the course,” Brigadier Naidoo would add.

“Six suspects were arrested and charged for failure by a person to be confined to a residence. The suspects appeared at the Newcastle magistrate’s court on 28 April [Tuesday] and were given bail.”

Lockdown exercise regulations

The six people arrested in Newcastle were apprehended before the relaxation of lockdown regulations allowed an exercise window.

Sporting activities like golf or tennis remain banned under level four of lockdown unless played at home on private facilities.

Under level four lockdown, South Africans are able to exercise outdoors within a 5km radius of their home.

Organised amateur sports have also been forced to cease activity during the lockdown.

The South Africa-based Sunshine Tour suspended all activities on 16 March 2020.

“This decision was taken by the Sunshine Tour Board of Directors and Players Committee, and stands in unity with the International Federation of PGA Tours and world golf’s decision to suspend its activities,” a tour statement at the time read.

“Our aim is to both safeguard our members and our loyal fans, and support the President’s call for all South Africans to present a united front in taking the prescribed action to prevent the further spread of this virus.

“As such the Sunshine Tour has instituted an immediate international and domestic air travel ban for all of our staff. The Sunshine Tour’s Head Office will be closed throughout this period, but all communication will carry on as per normal as staff will work remotely and in designated teams.”

All golf courses are closed during the national lockdown.

Source : The South African More   

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