Democratic Alliance says Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs amends the lockdown regulations banning the sale of cooked food in what the DA describes as “swoop in at the last minute” to rescue the Trade, Industry and Competition minister Ebrahim Patel.
“The DA notes that the (CGTA) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has swooped in at the last minute to rescue Trade, Industry and Competition minister, Ebrahim Patel from a legal challenge which we were set to announce at 2pm today,” they said.
The Democratic Alliance shadow minister of Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson, says minister Dlamini rushed to amend the lockdown regulations “explicitly banning the sale of cooked foods in an attempt to put a lid on the public humiliation of minister Patel”.
“The sale of cooked food was banned. This was clearly unlawful and Patel had to rely on his cabinet colleague to cure his legal nightmare,” said Macpherson.
Macpherson also adds that he will write to minister Patel through the DA lawyers requesting the reasons for the ban on cooked and prepared food which should be provided by mid day on Tuesday 21 April 2020.