Streaming issues? Report here
Kieno Kammies 2019 1500 BW Kieno Kammies 2019 1500 BW
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Midday Report with Lester Kiewit
See full line-up
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local
fiber_manual_record
Business
fiber_manual_record
Opinion
fiber_manual_record
Politics

Mkhize wants more power to restrict your behaviour – after the State of Disaster

15 October 2020 2:05 PM
Tags:
Zweli Mkhize
Health Department
law
Elmien Du Plessis
state of disaster
National State of Disaster
Disaster Management Act
National Disaster Management Act
oversight
North-West University

"Why does he want those powers? I am worried about that," says law Professor Elmien du Plessis. "We need an explanation."

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize wants more power to restrict the behaviour and movement of South Africans – even after the State of Disaster ends.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

What does the law say?

Koketso Sachane interviewed Professor Elmien du Plessis of the Faculty of Law at North-West University.

Du Plessis reckons it’s a “curious” move from Minister.

She says she’s not yet alarmed, but Mkhize needs to explain in more detail why he wants those powers.

The Disaster Management Act… coordinates responses… implementation wasn’t great. It’s supposed to be a lot more democratic... It’s a good piece of legislation to handle a pandemic… but there was a lot of dominance by the Health Department…

Professor Elmien du Plessis, Associate Professor of Law - North West University

I’m curious why Minister Mkhize suggested having regulations dealing with things such as lockdowns under Health… Why does he want those powers? I am worried about that…

Professor Elmien du Plessis, Associate Professor of Law - North West University

With regulations, there’s no oversight like there is when we make legislation… I’m curious, but not totally alarmed. What is the rationale? I don’t think it’s necessarily sinister… but we need an explanation. We need to keep an eye on the executive to ensure it doesn’t vest power in itself without any oversight…

Professor Elmien du Plessis, Associate Professor of Law - North West University

For more detail, listen to the interview in the audio below.


15 October 2020 2:05 PM
Tags:
Zweli Mkhize
Health Department
law
Elmien Du Plessis
state of disaster
National State of Disaster
Disaster Management Act
National Disaster Management Act
oversight
North-West University

More from Covid-19 coronavirus explained

Happy child kid face mask facemask covid-19 123rf

[BOOK REVIEW] The future arrived early - economist Dr Iraj Abedian

26 October 2020 7:34 PM

Famed economist Dr Iraj Abedian talks about his book, "FutureNEXT: Reimagining Our World and Conquering Uncertainty”.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Woman saving money piggy bank mask 123rf 123rfbusiness 123rflifestyle

Middleclass incomes have recovered almost fully since hard lockdown – FNB data

26 October 2020 7:13 PM

The lowest and highest-paid workers in SA haven’t yet recovered from the lockdown, according to FNB's Dr Christoph Nieuwoudt.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Empty piggy bank broke 123rfbusiness 123rf

Famous Brands (owner of Steers/Wimpy/etc.) reports its 1st ever operating loss

26 October 2020 6:52 PM

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Famous Brands CEO Darren Hele.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Lockdown levels South Africa Covid-19 coronavirus 123rf

'Another hard lockdown will cause even more state violence'

26 October 2020 6:27 PM

Futurist Graeme Codrington and economist Dick Forslund on how a 2nd hard lockdown and a 2nd Covid wave might affect our country.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

mask-Covid-19-woman-driver-driving-car-coronavirus-commuting-sanitiser-123rf

European govts say they are 'losing control' as Covid-19 numbers spike

23 October 2020 10:53 AM

Europe is seeing 200k new cases a day as the second wave grips the continent, says Rob Watts of Deutsche Welle Berlin.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Coronavirus Covid-19 South African flag 123rf

Is the Western Cape experiencing a second wave of Covid-19?

22 October 2020 1:42 PM

Lester Kiewit asks Dr Saadiq Kariem whether the Western Cape is heading towards a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

high school highschool student scholer learner 123rf female girl mask facemask

Matrics 2020: Got a bit of a sniffle; temperature a wee bit high? You fail!

22 October 2020 10:55 AM

If you have Covid; there’s no way to get into university next year. Department of Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga explains.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Rapid  test for antibody detection Covid-19 coronavirus antibody test 123rf

Covid-19 antibody tests now available in SA, but what do they really tell us?

19 October 2020 9:26 AM

Epidemiologist Dr Boffa explains why the antibody test is not a guarantee you've had the virus, nor that you won't be re-infected.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Cyril Ramaphosa

[WATCH] President Cyril Ramaphosa details his economic recovery plan

15 October 2020 3:42 PM

The President presented his plan for fixing South Africa's life-stealing economy on Thursday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

World Health Organsation flag logo WHO 123rf

[WATCH] WHO backtracks on lockdown as primary means of curbing Covid-19

14 October 2020 10:31 AM

Watch the interview with WHO envoy David Nabarro and John Maytham talks to vaccinologist Prof Shabir Madhi about the shift.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward