Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa talks Level 3, lockdown challenged

Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa talks Level 3, lockdown challenged

President Cyril Ramaphosa has commented that consultations are well underway for a migration to Level 3 lockdown. Briefly.co.za explores Friday's top stories as the Covid-19 lockdown continues to make waves in Mzansi.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is under increasing pressure over the current Covid-19 lockdown with multiple parties taking the government to court over the restrictions.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates as South Africa continues to endure the current pandemic.

1. Covid-19: Ramaphosa says NEDLAC committed to quick shift to Level 3

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the National Economic Development and Labour Council is hard at work to collectively achieve the earliest possible migration to Level 3 of the national lockdown.

In a statement issued on Friday following a meeting with the council, Ramaphosa commented that.

"Government, labour, business and the community sector are undertaking detailed work to ensure that lives will be saved and livelihoods will be protected as the economy is progressively unlocked and society adapts to the reality of economic activity with COVID-19 as an ever-present danger."

2. Covid-19: DA, FF+ and AfriForum take state to court over lockdown

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently commented that the government would continue to face legal challenges over the way it is handling the coronavirus pandemic, adding that sacrifices must be made.

“The lockdown has disrupted people’s lives – there are quite a number of people, organisations who do feel aggrieved and we did say right from the beginning that all of us will be required to make some sacrifices as we deal with this health challenge which has also turned out to be an economic challenge. Our constitution and our legal system allow anyone who is aggrieved to have the right to approach the courts and a number of people have done so and even I as president could never stand in the way of anybody who wants to challenge what we have put in place but also any decision that we take."

Ramaphosa's premonition has come to life tenfold, with the Democratic Alliance, the Freedom Front Plus and AfriForum all announcing legal action against the state over the current lockdown.

3. Covid-19: Minister Zulu confirms SA's new food parcel directives

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu has confirmed that changes will be made to how food donations are distributed amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Regulatory changes will be made to protect citizens receiving parcels during the pandemic with the minister slamming claims that the state intends to gazette laws prohibiting the distribution of cooked food.

The Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, has confirmed that regulatory changes will be made to protect citizens receiving food donations.

“[Minister Zulu] has noted with grave concern the false allegations in the media that the Department intends to prohibit the distribution of food parcels and cooked food to households and communities that are most in need of humanitarian relief.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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