Covid-19 updates: Ramaphosa addresses SA, Mbalula facing charges

Covid-19 updates: Ramaphosa addresses SA, Mbalula facing charges

President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again addressed 'fellow South Africans' amid a continued battle to combat the coronavirus. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the situation.

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Amid immensely stressful times for South African citizens, President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the country.

Briefly.co.za explores both his address and other top updates on the situation

1. Covid-19: Ramaphosa announces grant increases, relief measures

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that R500 billion, 10% of South Africa's GDP will be diverted in an effort to provide relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Outlining a number of measures, Ramaphosa revealed that grant recipients would be reciving additional funds.

In addition to this, Ramaphosa announced that unemployed citizens would also have access to a specialised Covid-19 grant.

2. Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 3 465 cases, EC spike blamed on funerals

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced another increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, with the new figure climbing to 3 465.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, Mkhize noted that over the past 24 hours alone 5 427 tests had been carried out with the total moving up to 126 937 to date.

Mkhize commented that he had visited the Eastern Cape province on Tuesday after the province had experienced a spike in cases with the minister noting that the underlying cause for this spike had been determined.

"The biggest risk of spread that has been identified is the cultural practices occurring at funerals. We engaged with the provincial executive led by Premier Oscar Mabuyane together with the Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba."

3. Covid-19: Mbalula facing criminal charges for flouting lockdown laws

The African Transformation Movement has filed criminal charges against Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula for violating lockdown regulations.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the party announced it would be taking Mbalula on over addressing a huge crowd during lockdown:

"On the 1st of April, Mbalula addressed a massive crowd at Noord Taxi Rank in Johanessburg. The lockdown regulations at the time prohibited crowds of more than 100 and was later revised to no more than 50. Media reports supported by visuals estimated the crowd to exceed 300 people."

4. Covid-19: DA calls for R1 billion in food vouchers, cash payments

The Democratic Alliance has called for immediate and tangible responses to the current food crisis in South Africa.

With numerous citizens cut off from potential income sources during the extended national lockdown, the situation is dire for countless South Africans. The DA commented:

"The extension of the lockdown has left many households cash-strapped and uncertain about where the next meal will come from. Food vouchers or additional cash-in-hand could be the difference between a family going hungry or not."

5. Covid-19: De Lille wants probe into controversial R37m fence project

The drama surrounding the R37 million project to secure the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe has escalated. Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has called for a probe into the project initiated as part of her department's response to the Covid-19 crisis.

De Lille has asked auditor-general Kimi Makwetu to conduct an urgent, independent audit into the situation:

“In the spirit of transparency and accountability, I am asking the auditor-general to immediately commence with an external audit of the process followed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure in terms of the 40km Beitbridge border fence project."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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