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daBL Premium reports that the High Court in Pretoria has dismissed the DA’s application for leave to appeal its ruling that “race, gender, youth and disability” must be taken into account in the awarding of state relief to businesses stricken by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The DA is now expected to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal for the right to challenge the High Court’s earlier judgment.  The court had found that the state’s current criteria for evaluating “race, gender, youth and disability” factors in the distribution of business relief funds were “vague” and therefore unlawful and invalid.  It referred these criteria back to small business development minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni for “reformulation” — with a specific order that she “must take into account race, gender, youth and disability”.  In its application for leave to appeal, the DA had argued that the High Court’s ruling would effectively prevent the minister from being able to treat all people, who were “in equal need” as a result of a disaster, equally.  In Wednesday’s ruling, however, the full bench accused the opposition party of “jumping the gun” by seeking to appeal its judgment now, before Ntshavheni had reformulated the government’s criteria for the distribution of relief to businesses.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Karyn Maughan at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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