Why did the South African government sidestep a high court order to produce proof of the SARS-CoV-2 virus? What comes next?
On 27th May 2021, Ricardo Maarman approached the high court of South Africa in a landmark case requesting the government to produce proof of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in its isolated and purified form. Maarman holds a master’s degree in international politics and refers to himself as an ordinary and concerned South African citizen. Motivated by the devastating effects of the lockdowns on the population, Maarman states, “the cost to our fragile economy is racking up: the removal of civil liberties, business closure, loss of lives, job losses and widespread unemployment…” as some of the reasons he decided to take action against Cyril Ramaphosa, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Mr Zweli Mkhize and Professor Salim Abdool Karim.
The high court ruling by Judge AJ Nziweni reads as follows, “The applicant has not made a case for urgency. Consequently the matter is struck off the roll.” The Cambridge Dictionary defines urgency as “the quality of being very important and needing attention immediately”. What could be more important or need immediate attention than verifying the existence of a virus that has profoundly impacted the South African economy and caused personal harm to the population? On the transcript of the court hearing, Judge Nziweni states, “I’m only going to give ruling pertaining to the aspect of urgency” citing “urgent duties” as reason for her decision to the Western Cape court room while supporters and peaceful protestors waited outside.
What comes next? Maarman and his counsel are currently preparing an application to constitutional court regarding a case of State Capture given that the government has failed to provide evidence for the existence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In a recent video directly addressing the South African people, Maarman stated, “they are capturing the country… it is a capture that is done through infiltration, using government officials such as Ramaphosa in high office to betray this country… He (Ramaphosa) has sold us out to the World Health Organization, Bill Gates and the United Nations, by declaring this lockdown”.