The government says a scathing Pretoria high court ruling that declared the Covid-19 lockdown regulations invalid was not justified and that co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was denied her right to a fair hearing.

Dlamini-Zuma’s lawyers on Monday filed an application for leave to urgently appeal the ruling given by Judge Norman Davis. He found that the regulations promulgated by Dlamini-Zuma in respect of alert levels 4 and 3 of the lockdown “in a substantial number of instances are not rationally connected to the objectives of slowing the rate of infection or limiting the spread thereof”.

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