- President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government was vindicated in their decision to implement the 21-day lockdown
- Ramaphosa confirmed that the possibility of extending this will be discussed within the next few days
- Responding to pressure from the public, Ramaphosa stressed that the lives of South Africans is what matters most
South Africans have been struggling to come to terms with the 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus.
For some, the impact has merely seen a dent in their social festivities, but for others, the financial implications have been profound.
However, President Cyril Ramaphosa feels that government has been vindicated based on the current infection rate.
Ramaphosa said, "What I can say if we had not locked down South Africa as we have, I can tell you without any shadow of a doubt the infection rate would have been a lot, lot higher than what we have."
Ramaphosa is set to meet with his National Command Council and Cabinet within the next few days and News 24 reported that the effectiveness of the lockdown will be assessed.
Briefly.co.za understands that a decision on a possible extension of the lockdown will then be made.
Responding to the impact on the economy, Ramaphosa said: "Of course, it impacts on the economy negatively, but it is important to save lives, because lives are important and the lives of our people matter."
President Ramaphosa stressed the importance of the public abiding by lockdown rules and was probably not impressed by Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
Briefly.co.za reported that photos of her luncheon with former higher education deputy minister Mduduzi Manana caused quite a stir.
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