By: Natasha Archary
South Africans will have to wait another month before the National State of Disaster lockdown level 2 is lifted.
Government decided to implement a Level 2 lockdown on the 1st February, which was supposed to end on the 15th February.
The National State of Disaster is to be extended to the 15th March. The extension will officially be gazetted by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma within the next few days.
Coming under fire
President Cyril Ramaphosa has been criticized for his management of the COVID-19 pandemic and placing the country in difficult economic times.
With many job losses and wide-ranging issues to South Africans’ lives with little oversight, the repeated extensions to the Disaster Management Act are losing appeal.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants the President to submit the extension request to Parliament to be reviewed and approved.
Arguing that South Africans are tired of accepting the government’s calls and its inability to effectively deal with the pandemic, the DA calls for an amendment to the Disaster Management Act.
The President will address the country tonight for the State of the Nation Address, and all eyes will be on him as he reveals a revised vaccine rollout plan.
Cabinet held a virtual meeting yesterday where the country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout programme was discussed.
In a statement it called on all South Africans to continue adhering to the safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.
Listen: Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams to Kaya 959 News