AfriForum files court papers over self-isolation of repatriated citizens
10 June 2020, 7:04 AM
Civil Rights Organisation AfriForum wants repatriates arriving into the country to be allowed to self-isolate.
The organisation has filed court papers asking the court to rule on the matter.
Repatriates are required to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival into the country.
Afriforum has also written a letter to the Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille demanding that she provide answers to allegations that some of the quarantine facilities across the country are not meeting Health Department’s guidelines.
Head of Cultural Affairs Alana Bailey says: “We feel that people should be allowed to self-isolate. That is the practice in most countries. Many people find the state facilities a problem. We submitted the papers on Friday and it will go to court by June 17th. In the papers, we basically ask for three things. We feel that, the sooner they know if they positive or not, they can get treatment. They should be allowed to self-isolate and we ask for a process where they can get regular updates on the dates that they can repatriate. Right now, people are already at the airport or at the borders being told they can’t cross today.”
Meanwhile, Managing Director of the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg east Kevin Clarence says the hotel is operating under the strict guidance of the Department of Health.
He says and guests are not currently staying in a typical hotel environment and this makes it difficult to keep everyone happy.
“When you come off a repatriation flight and you go into quarantine, you are going into a hotel that is a quarantine facility and in order to be a quarantine facility, you need to adhere to a number of protocols as prescribed by the Department of Health. People are thinking that they are coming into a normal Birchwood environment but it’s very different to that. We have to prepare food as per the guidelines of the Health Department. One of the challenges is dealing with the varied dietary requirements.
We are trying to keep people as comfortable as we can,” says Clarence.
Requests for comment from both the Departments of Health and Public Works have not yet been responded to.
COVID-19 patients cannot be forced into state quarantine sites
In a written reply to the Democratic Alliance (DA), President Ramaphosa said that both submissions and medical literature were used when a decision to ban the sale of tobacco products was made.
He said the effects of smoking on public health were carefully considered, including the effects of COVID-19 on smokers given that the coronavirus is a respiratory illness.
In the video below, the DA says the ban on tobacco sales during Level 3 lockdown is nonsensical:
Devastating economic impact for tobacco traders
Informal traders have warned that their sources of income are being decimated by the ban.
In the video below, President of the South African Informal Traders Alliance Rosheda Muller says a further continuation of this ban will have a devastating impact on informal traders who are trying to make a living:
Court to rule on SA Express provisional liquidation
9 June 2020, 7:37 AM
The deadline for the Department of Public Enterprises to oppose the provisional liquidation of SA Express expires on Tuesday as the High Court in Johannesburg is expected to rule on the future of the state-owned airline.
On Monday, hundreds of the airliners’ employees picketed outside the department’s offices in Pretoria.
They were demanding answers about the non-payment of their salaries and are calling for government to delay the liquidation of the airline.
Gabisile Shabane was killed together with her one-year-old cousin, Nkosikhona Ngwenya, who also had albinism.
A sangoma, Thokozani Msibi, and co-accused, Mthobisi Mkhize, Themba Thubane and Knowledge Mhlanga were arrested and charged with kidnapping, murder, conspiracy to commit murder and violation of a corpse.
Shabane and Ngwenya were kidnapped from their home in Vosman Emalahleni in January 2018.
Gabisile was allegedly forced to smoke dagga and also drink beer mixed with brake-fluid before she was murdered.
Her body was found buried in a shallow grave.
Ngwenya’s body was retrieved from a stream near Emalahleni.