President Cyril Ramaphosa will now officially address South Africa on Sunday evening, which could be our most sobering family meeting in a long time.
The president will deliver a televised speech – his third one in the past four weeks – as South Africa’s coronavirus crisis continues to spiral out of control. Mzansi has entered its third wave of illnesses in the last month, and has dropped two lockdown levels. Citizens are now facing the potential of a “hard lockdown,” which has not occurred since May 2020.
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The province accounts for the vast majority of COVID-19 cases in South Africa, and Kubayi has warned that this tendency would eventually extend to the rest of the country. Our winter of discontent appears to be worse than ever.
The government released a statement earlier this afternoon announcing that a family gathering will be held on Sunday evening. Before new laws are disclosed, a number of high-level discussions will take place prior to Ramaphosa’s speech:
“A special NCCC convened, to receive a report from the scientists on the prevalence of the Delta variant in South Africa. As a result of these developments, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) will meet this afternoon to propose recommendations on the country’s response to the surge in virus infections.”
“The NCCC will meet again tomorrow, followed by a special Cabinet meeting. The President will then address the nation at 20:00 on Sunday. The scheduled media briefing set to take place tomorrow has, therefore, been cancelled.”