The Presidency has welcomed the withdrawal of the Democratic Alliance (DA) application in the Western Cape High Court against government on its COVID-19 vaccination strategy.
The DA had sought an order declaring government’s conduct in preparing and implementing its programme to administer COVID-19 vaccines “is irrational and unconstitutional”. It also sought an order directing the government to develop a comprehensive and co-ordinated plan for procuring, obtaining and administering the vaccines.
The DA withdrew its application after government filed its answering affidavit, in which it outlined the measures it had taken to source, procure, distribute and administer vaccines and provided the details of the plans that had been developed to roll out the vaccination programme.
According to a statement by the Presidency noting the regular updates by government representatives, including the President and the Minister of Health, and that the plans outlined in government’s answering affidavit were already in the public domain, the DA “had no good cause to bring its application in the first place”.