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'If there will be COVID-19 lockdown of some sort, law already allows for it'

South Africa now has 274 confirmed coronavirus cases, health minister Zweli Mkhize made the announcement on Sunday evening after President Cyril Ramaphosa postponed his address to the nation.

Given the increase in the number of people infected by COVID-19, the question is whether South Africa needs to go into a lockdown.

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Bongani Bingwa chats to University of Cape Town constitutional law expert professor Pierre de Vos on the legalities behind a lockdown.

We have legislation that allows for drastic measures to be taken, that is the Disaster Management Act. The act says if there is a disaster, the government can restrict movement. If there will be a lockdown of some sort, the law already allows for it.

Pierre de Vos, Constitutional law expert - UCT

He says if the government can stay within the confinements of the Disaster Management Act, it should do so.

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Listen below to the full conversation:


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