In possibly one of the sombre pay-day weekends in South African history, citizens did what they could to get through it. Celebs questioned the government's current coronavirus plans and regulations where implemented nationwide.
This week saw the start of the 21-day lockdown period in South Africa and people have had a tough time adjusting.
From local celebrities to the average joes, citizens did their best to adapt to the new regulations implemented by the government to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Briefly.co.za explores five updates from the current situation:
Ntsiki Mazwai has written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa through her blog platform. The Radio 2000 presenter lamented the 21-day lockdown and wondered how people are supposed to pay their bills if they can't work.
"Mr President, what should we do with our bills month-end? Most of us live from hand to mouth to be honest. How do we pay for rent, electricity and water when you called for our work to be cancelled, but you continue and will earn your big salaries from multiple BEE incomes?"
Thami Mazwai and his wife have distanced themselves from their daughter's letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The former journalist and anti-apartheid activist labelled the letter disappointing and uncalled for. He told SowetanLive that he was impressed with what Ramaphosa had done and he is committed to his people:
"I believe that all of you are aware of the high esteem in which I personally hold our government,"
One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane has brought the inconsistencies seen in the enforcement of the lockdown regulations into the spotlight. Maimane managed to catch Minister Fikile Mbalula's attention with his questions on the situation.
Mbalula confirmed that the officers seen chasing a citizen standing in their own yard home were acting outside of the current regulations.
President Cyril Ramaphosa himself presided over the declaration that the Ranch quarantine site has concluded its work in housing repatriated citizens. Speaking just outside of the quarantine site, Ramaphosa announced that the area has been declared a green zone:
"Having been briefed by the Minister of Health and by our military medical service officials, we are now able to declare the Ranch a green zone."
The coronavirus infection rate has slowed this weekend to just 17 new cases bringing the total to 1187. This could be due to the weekend and labs running on a skeleton staff or an actual decrease in the rate of infection. The figures were confirmed by the department of health on Saturday. Gauteng is still the centre for the outbreak in South Africa with 533 cases.
Briefly.co.za learned that the government ordered lockdown is an attempt to force social distancing and bring down the rate of infection, however, due to the nature of the virus people can be infectious without symptoms for up to 2 weeks, meaning that the effects of the lockdown will only be felt in the coming weeks.
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