Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
13 Jan 2021
5:00 am

Disaster Management Act gives Ramaphosa and co carte blanche, says expert

Brian Sokutu

Disaster Act not correct law to deal with Covid-19, says expert.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS.

With eight weeks left for South Africa’s state of disaster to reach a year, a legal expert said on Tuesday the Disaster Management Act used by the government to regulate the Covid-19 crisis gave President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet carte blanche to extend the period without parliamentary oversight. Unlike a state of emergency, which would have ensured government’s accountability to parliament, the disaster regulations enabled Ramaphosa to “run the show indefinitely without supervision by [members of parliament]”, according to Accountability Now director advocate Paul Hoffman. He maintained the Act, which was “drafted with floods, fires and droughts in mind...