The Democratic Alliance (DA) has withdrawn an application in the Western Cape High Court against government on the country’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

On February 1, the DA announced they were taking legal action and had sought an order from the court declaring that government’s conduct in preparing and implementing its programme to administer COVID-19  vaccines “is irrational and unconstitutional”.

The political party also sought an order directing the government to develop a comprehensive and co-ordinated plan for procuring, obtaining and administering the vaccines.

However, the Presidency announced on Friday [February 19] that 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.

“It should be noted that government representatives, including the President and the Minister of Health, have provided regular public updates on these measures, and the plans outlined in government’s answering affidavit were already in the public domain,” said Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson to the President.

“The DA therefore had no good cause to bring its application in the first place.

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