PODCAST | Covid-19 Chronicles: Hairdressers head back to court to demand reopening

  • An application to force the government to allow hairdressers and beauticians to work is expected to be heard in the Western Cape High Court on 17 June.
  • The government regards the industry as high-risk in terms of Covid-19, and will only allow it to open under Level 1.
  • Salons across the country may be forced to close down.


Hairdressers and beauticians across the country face bankruptcy as they have not been able to work since South Africa went into lockdown on 27 March.

An application to have the industry reopened was dismissed last month, but they aren't giving up the fight. 

Advocate Carlo Viljoen has filed an application in the Western Cape High Court, which is expected to be heard later this month. He says about a million people have been affected and that the country has lost R250 billion in tax revenue.

He will ask the court to overturn lockdown regulations until the state has made a formal application and been given the go-ahead to "limit our constitutional and fundamental rights".

In Cape Town, salon owner Shoneez Warrington says she may have to close down her business, which she started 15 years ago. She has had to retrench her 11 employees.

Warrington says she is disappointed by the lack of help she has received from the government.

You can listen to the episode on Spotify and SoundCloud.

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