Corporate and Traditional Affairs Minister, DR. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Address the Nation on New Lock-Down Phase
South Africa has officially entered Level 2 lockdown and while many are welcoming regulatory reprieves with open arms, President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned citizens not to celebrate too soon as danger of the pandemic’s ‘second wave’ still looms. While attempting to win the hearts and minds of South Africans — following a particular
South Africa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has entered a new, long-awaited phase; Level 2 lockdown. After almost five months of reduced economic activity and personal freedoms — owing to stringent Disaster Management Regulations, particularly during Level 5 and 4 lockdown — South Africa has taken a big step toward some semblance of normality.
With Health Minister Zweli Mkhize suggesting that South Africa had already passed the virus’ peak, government’s urgent attention has turned to rescuing an economy which finds itself on life-support. Today, the hospitality industry, which is a major source of employment and GDP-added value, will be able to capitalise on Level 2 reprieves with the hope of regaining lost ground.
Today, restaurants will be able to serve alcohol to sit-down customers and inter-provincial travel for leisure purposes will provide a much-needed boost to the tourism industry.
Ramaphosa and Mkhize have, however, warned that should South Africans fail to practice social distancing protocols and better hygiene practices — resulting in a ‘second wave’ of infection – the country could be forced to endure another hard lockdown.
However, While the president attempts to repair his public image following months of lockdown-induced criticism, divisions within the ANC have Ramaphosa against the political ropes. Although ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe recently announced that Ramaphosa enjoyed the party’s unconditional support, local leaders in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West province have lashed out at the president over, amongst other things, recently-implemented lifestyle audits.
Following a wave of corruption related to COVID-19 relief funds, which has shook the ANC, particularly in Gauteng, to its very core, Ramaphosa supported calls for in-depth lifestyle audits aimed to root out reckless spending. Additionally, the ANC has been divided over the controversial issue of members, and members’ families, doing business with the state.
In Mpumalanga, former ANC Ehlanzeni regional chairperson, who still wields great influence in the area and is said to be closely connected to Deputy President David Mabuza, said, in an fiery address aimed at Ramaphosa and the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC):