- President Cyril Ramaphosa has clarified the message behind his poorly-received address on Wednesday evening
- Speaking during a visit to the Eastern Cape, Ramaphosa hinted that the relaxation to Level 3 will occur before the end of May
- The decision is currently riding on consultation processes, which will begin on Friday
President Cyril Ramaphosa has clarified any confusion over what the game plan regarding the current Covid-19 lockdown.
Speaking during a visit to the Eastern Cape on Thursday, the president said that the government is preparing for the shift to Level 3 lockdown.
However, according to Ramaphosa, this would require consultations with stakeholders including labour consultations with NEDLAC and the provincial government.
Attempting to ease concern over the situation, Ramaphosa highlighted that SA was not 'stuck' in Level 4 and that the relaxation was guaranteed to happen before the end of May, if not sooner.
"We are going to be meeting with our social partners at Nedlac and the different provinces. We hope to conclude this process very quickly. When I declared this lockdown it had been preceded with a process of consultations including with political parties. Everybody agreed. We are doing the same thing now as we go into Level 3."
Citizens were encouraged to relax, with Ramaphosa committing to the relaxation once consultations are concluded.
"We are going into Level 3 and it might even be earlier than the end of the month. No need to get hot under the collar, once the consultation is done we will make an announcement. Other areas based on scientific evidence may remain in Level 4."
The president also highlighted the importance of changing certain behaviours to curb the spread of Covid-19.
"We need to continue changing our behaviour. People shouldn't stress we are going to get out of these levels. We are not committed for life to the levels that we are in. The other area of changing behaviour is implementing social distancing. Regular hand washing with hand sanitizer and soap. These are things we need to talk about, changing the behaviour of our people. As we change our behaviour we must be able to make it part of lives."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had left numerous politicians feeling rather unimpressed following his address, with the DA since announcing their intentions to challenge the lockdown in court.
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