Ramaphosa in critical lockdown discussion

Ramaphosa in critical lockdown discussion

The ruling party is under immense pressure as the national state of disaster ends on Saturday August 15 at midnight. As of Saturday , South citizens did not hear comment from the government or President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding way forward for the lockdown, causing frustration.

NATIONAL DISASTER STATE

On March 15, 2020, Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma under the Disaster Management Law declared the National Disaster State. That was five months ago and since we have been navigating different levels of lockdown.

The state of disaster was originally supposed last three months until June 15, but the government felt the need extend it two more times. Once until July 15 and then again until Saturday August 15.

At the expiration date, South Africans have no idea whether there third extension and move Level 2 lockdown.

The rumor of the lifting of and smoking bans has also been silent. South Africans, at this point, are frustrated say the least.

Dlamini-Zuma, declared the national state of disaster, said there was need help and protect the public, provide relief the public, protect property, prevent or combat disruption and to cope with the other effects of the disaster.

EXTENSION? LOCK LEVEL 2?

At this point, the ruling party must scramble come final decision. If there is one thing that is impossible, it is to try to predict the decision to be made. The country and its citizens have been too often surprised in the past.

At that point, Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma could extend the state of disaster for another month, with level 2 move, or the lockdown could be lifted completely.

Level 2, at this point, appears to be the most likely decision, as scientists on the advisory board, as well as ministers, defended it, describing a decrease in infections, deaths and hospitalizations. However, we know better than to guess what will follow.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize also declared a decision regarding level 2 had not yet been made.

According to SAFM NewsThe Cabinet meets on Saturday, where a final decision on whether to grant a extension will be made.

In the meantime, Democratic Alliance (AD) leader John Steenhuisen called on Ramaphosa to be the president that South Africans need by completely removing the lock.

 

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