The North Gauteng High Court has ruled that beaches must remain closed. This is the second ruling cementing the South African government’s decision to have some beaches shut down from 16 December until 3 January. Afriforum’s legal team say they are disappointed with the judgment. Local media reports that the Western Cape High Court ruled against the Democratic Alliance’s case to reopen beaches on Tuesday. The party’s leader John Steenhuisen says he is proud the DA fought for the people of the Garden Route whose businesses face ruin.