COVID-19: AfriForum heads to court over forced quarantine

File: AfriForum says says forced quarantine will violate several Constitutional rights, including the right to human dignity and freedom.

File: AfriForum says forced quarantine will violate several Constitutional rights, including the right to human dignity and freedom. 

ANA

JOHANNESBURG - Lobby group AfriForum has launched a pre-emptive strike against possible plans by government to enforce a quarantine on all people who test positive for COVID-19.

Last week, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said patients with the disease will be admitted to isolation facilities even if they do not show any symptoms. 

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That's as KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zihle Zikalala also threatened last month that self-isolation was coming to an end. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa poured cold water on the plans, saying this approach is still to be discussed at the National Coronavirus Command Council. 

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But current regulations already empower government to isolate people against their will. 

AfriForum says forced quarantine will violate several Constitutional rights, including the right to human dignity and freedom. 

READ: Ramaphosa optimistic on level 3 lockdown​​​​​​​

It argues the regulations give overly broad powers to authorities.

The matter has been filed in court to be heard urgently. ​

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