- The Council on Foreign Relations has applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to institute a 21-day lockdown period
- The council dubbed the lockdown one of the strictest enforced outside of China itself
- The crisis, according to the council, could help strengthen Ramaphosa's position in SA
President Cyril Ramaphosa's swift and decisive action over the coronavirus pandemic has once again been praised.
The Council on Foreign Relations says that Ramaphosa, along with Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, had 'imposed on South Africa one of the strictest lockdowns outside of China to stop the spread of the coronavirus'.
With dog-walking, jogging, the sale of alcohol and leaving the home for anything except essential goods and services banned, the lockdown has been enforced by the SA National Defence Force and the SA Police Service.
The council noted that SA's record when it comes to protecting human rights during the crisis has been 'mixed'.
With Mkhize acknowledging that testing must be expanded to combat the pandemic, plans were rolled out to increase the number of daily tests by 36 000.
Briefly.co.za reported that 10 000 health workers will be carrying out home visits across the nation.
The council feels that this effort 'appears to be by far the greatest in Africa' which it says will only serve to strengthen his position moving forward:
"If South African opinion leaders continue to see Ramaphosa as exerting strong leadership during this crisis, it will likely strengthen his hand within the ANC, and once the crisis is over, facilitate implementation of his reform program."
With Mkhize confirming 1 749 coronavirus cases and 13 related fatalities, the minister has warned South Africa that the real battle may still be on the horizon and both officials had urged citizens to comply with the calls to heed the current restrictions to secure the future of the country.
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