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High Court rules against forced state quarantine of COVID-19 patients
Wed, 3 June 2020 - Staff Writer
North Gauteng High Court judge J. W. Louw granted the civil rights organisation AfriForum’s urgent application to declare the regulations that forbid self-isolation invalid.
The regulations would have given the state the power to force people into quarantine without their permission – even under circumstances where the person may be able to effectively self-isolate.
AfriForum says this would have given law enforcement and the state too much power, under the guise of combatting the spread of the virus.
An AfriForum says the Minister has agreed that the organisation’s application should be made an order of court, which determines that the regulations should be read in such a manner that people who are able to effectively self-isolate, be allowed to do so.
The ruling follows a landmark judgment by the High Court the day before, which declared the lockdown regulations unconstitutional and invalid.
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