A video has gone viral on social media of an altercation between shoppers at a Clicks pharmacy, with one man refusing to wear a mask because “the high court, Gauteng”…

But despite Judge Norman Davis’ findings last month in the Liberty Fighters Network case, the current lockdown regulations are all still in place – including those around wearing masks in public.

The video, which was posted to Twitter, showed a Clicks staffer and other shoppers repeatedly asking the man to put a mask on.

He, however, refused and tensions quickly escalate, with the man trying to justify his actions:

“I don’t have to wear it … The high court, Gauteng … Don’t try and bullshit me, I’m sick and tired of you guys that trying to tell me what to do … [sic]”.

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Judge Davis, sitting in the North Gauteng High Court, early in June declared the lockdown regulations unconstitutional and invalid, and gave Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma two weeks to bring them up to par.

His order was suspended four days later, though, when Dlamini-Zuma launched an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

The suspension was extended last Tuesday when the minister was granted leave to appeal – save for insofar as Davis’ original ruling related to a handful of specific regulations. These included the regulations around exercise, the movement of children, funerals as well as the closure of beaches and public parks. When it came to these regulations, government was given another ten days from the date leave was granted to remedy the defects.

This means at present, all of the alert level 3 lockdown regulations are still in place. They could also continue to be – even after the new deadline – if the minister launches another application for leave to appeal with the SCA directly.