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Irrational regulations risk turning law-abiding citizens into criminals

In an interview with MultimediaLIVE, attorney Douw Breed, managing director of Barnard Inc Attorneys, warns that irrational and unconstitutional lockdown regulations run the risk of turning law-abiding South African citizens into criminals.

While explaining the North Gauteng High Court judgment declaring the regulations "unconstitutional and invalid", Breed warns that the government must not underestimate the public's intelligence.

Level 3: thirsty citizens stand in long queues to buy alcohol

From Monday, licensed liquor outlets across the country opened their doors for the first time in two months to allow South Africans to stock up on their choice of alcoholic beverages.

Alcohol sales were banned under levels 4 and 5 of the lockdown to help slow  the spread of Covid-19.

Under level 3 regulations, licensed outlets can sell alcohol only from Monday to Thursday between 9am and 5pm. Online deliveries are subject to the same days and times.

Revisiting Cyclone Idai one year later

We sit down with Emile Bosch and Alaister Russell, multimedia journalist and photojournalist respectively for the Sunday Times group shortly after they return from Mozambique.

The two of them caught up with survivors of the decimated village Begaja, one year after Cyclone Idai completely destroyed their families and livelihoods. We respectfully re-tell their stories.

See the full feature here:
Tales from Begaja - one year after Cyclone Idai

EFF vows to join the Khosa family's legal battle for justice

In a media briefing help on Thursday, the EFF vowed to aid the family of Collins Khosa in their search for justice.

Khosa, 40, died on April 10, allegedly after an altercation with soldiers and members of Johannesburg metro police.

Khosa's life partner, Nomsa Montsha, stated in an affidavit that she was at home with Khosa and two others when the soldiers accused Khosa of violating lockdown regulations.

SA's salons await court's verdict on reopening

Since the implementation of the lockdown on March 27, many people have lost their jobs and sources of income. Among those affected are hairdressers who are self employed and owners of small informal businesses who solely depend on the money they receive from clients 
With beauty treatment services still strictly prohibited, they are disadvantaged as their businesses do not qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. The Employers Organisation for Hairdressing Cosmetology and Beauty (EOHCB) put together a petition and got overwhelming support from the industry and clients to reopen salons. Their efforts however did not sway the government to ease the restrictions.

FULL ADDRESS | SA moves to lockdown level 3

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday evening that there were 22,583 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country and 429 deaths.
Ramaphosa was giving an update on the government's risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
He said the country would be placed on level 3 of the national lockdown regulations on June 1.

Is your immune system ready to face off with Covid-19?

Covid-19 has taken the world by storm, and with it there is a sense of helplessness. How do we fight off a virus that seems unavoidable and to date has no treatment or vaccine?
As SA confronts the easing of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of schools, the question of how best to prepare is foremost in the minds of many. Is the use of masks, physically distancing ourselves from one another and the washing of hands the only defence we can deploy against the virus?
According to Dr Yael Joffe, chief science officer at 3X4 Genetics, there is another step you can take to prepare your immune system to fight off the virus.

LOCKDOWN | Schools will reopen on June 1 for matrics and grade 7s

South African schools will reopen on June 1 — starting with grade 12 and 7 pupils.

And when the doors are opened after a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus lockdown in SA, pupils will return in a staggered fashion.

This is according to basic education minister Angie Motshekga, who was speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday evening.

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