Defeating the coronavirus together

The DA is working hard to protect everybody’s lives and livelihoods

Where necessary, we have been hard at work approaching the courts and the potential source of much of the relief funding, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to protect our democracy and help every single South African earn a living and get the government relief available to them.

Our court action has helped see:

  • all products sold online (at a time when there was an irrational ban on e-commerce);
  • irrational restrictions, such as the night curfew and limit on exercise hours, lifted in Level 3;
  • the ban on NGOs feeding the desperate and hungry put on hold, and squashed regulations that would have seen those NGOs overwhelmed by paperwork; and
  • salons, such as hairdressers and beauticians, open their doors!

We are currently challenging the discriminatory use of the coronavirus emergency relief fund; and the constitutionality of the aspect of the Disaster Management Act that allows the National Command Council to make decisions as they please, without any checks and balances!

Breaking the chain of infection

Watch the most recent episode of the CoronaCast

This was DA Leader, John Steenhuisen’s twice-weekly show dedicated to giving you updates on South Africa’s coronavirus response and answers to popular questions.

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I protect myself and others?
  • Where are the COVID-19 hotspots?
  • With the easing of restrictions, what about those who would be at high-risk if they got COVID-19?
  • What relief measures are available to me?
  • What is vaccination?
  • Why is vaccination important?
  • How does a vaccine work?
  • How do vaccines protect individuals and communities?
  • What power does the army have?
  • What do I do if I am stopped or arrested after leaving home?
  • What are my constitutional rights in a state of disaster?
  • Where can I get a coronavirus test for free? I have no medical aid and can’t afford the cost at a laboratory.
  • My local grocery store inflated the price of basic goods during the crisis. What can I do?
  • Is my employer allowed to enforce a “no work, no pay” rule during the lockdown period?
  • Is my employer allowed to require me to submit leave for the duration of the lockdown?
  • I won’t be able to pay wages to my employees this month – will government help me?
  • How do I apply for help from the Unemployment Insurance Fund?
  • Do I still need to pay maintenance to my co-parent, even though the children are living with me for the duration of the lockdown?
  • How do we report people we know are breaking the rules of the lockdown?
  • If someone purposefully or recklessly transmits the coronavirus, is that a crime?
  • What are the powers of SAPS during a state of disaster?
  • What do I do if the police (or SANDF) stop me while I am outside, and hurt or humiliate me?
  • Can you replace your ID now?
  • National Health Act regulations already provide for the forced testing, isolation and quarantine of certain individuals, why do the National Disaster Regulations also provide for this?
  • When can the government declare a national disaster?
  • What help is there for school learners with their studies?
  • Websites to keep kids entertained during the lockdown
  • What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
  • If I am young and healthy, does this mean I shouldn’t worry about the coronavirus?
  • Should I get tested?
  • What does it mean to 'flatten the curve'?
  • Should I wear a mask when I go out in public?
  • What is home screening and how does it work?
  • Can I refuse field workers entry onto my property for home screening?
  • How are DA governments intervening to help defeat the coronavirus in our communities
  • JUMP app launched to support businesses in the Western Cape
  • I run a B&B in Cape Town and my business needs help

Coronavirus in the news

DA welcomes move to Alert Level 1, but requires far more detail on government’s vaccine rollout.

DA asks Minister to investigate NAC contract breaks with more than 600 artists

Make a national state of disaster subject to the same procedural constraints that already apply to a state of emergency in our law

DA gives notice of proposed amendments to Disaster Management Act

Why has it taken a legal challenge for Government to provide answers on vaccine?

DA welcomes extension of ECD Relief Fund, but online applications continue to exclude many of those in need

DA calls for extension of ECD Relief Fund deadline

DA requests that beneficiaries of the Tourism Equity Fund be made public over fears of ANC abuse

DA welcomes the decision to open all land ports