The Democratic Alliance (DA) awarded 50% of its costs despite losing a court challenge to the closure of beaches along the Garden Route.
The party says its disappointed by the judgment handed down by the High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday.
DA Leader John Steehuisen says the court did however amend operating hours in line with their recommendation.
“The DA is still deeply concerned that the blanket closure of the Garden Route’s beaches over the festive season will have far-reaching and devastating consequences for local economies, and for the livelihoods which depend on seasonal tourism during this time.”
“This problem will not go away once South Africa emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, and we cannot ignore the risk to livelihoods which many lockdown restrictions present.”
In this below, DA challenges government’s decision to close Garden Route beaches:
On Monday, South Africa reported 8 789 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 930 711 cases.
The Western Cape currently has the highest number of active cases at 37 061.
The Health Department said on Monday 216 COVID-19 related deaths had also been reported.
According to the latest report, 6 176 683 tests have been conducted with 35 844 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
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