As authoritarianism rises, we must strive to protect democracy
DATE: 20 April 2020
AUTHOR: Daily Maverick
By Rachel Adams
Enormous power has been self-vested in the Executive to act in the public good to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on South African society. How must this power be held in check and democracy protected while the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution are so fundamentally curtailed?
On 15 March, the government declared a “State of Disaster” in terms of Section 27 of the Disaster Management Act. The regulations issued under the state of disaster prescribe broad powers to the minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs and to the Executive to control the spread of the coronavirus and ease the burden on the national healthcare system.
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