Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa's selfie scandal, schooling details emerge

Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa's selfie scandal, schooling details emerge

President Cyril Ramaphosa has found himself in the midst of drama after failing to practice social distancing despite his own plea to do so. Briefly.co.za explores the top Covid-19 updates.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has come under fire after failing to adhere to his own call to social distancing while posing for selfies.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories as the nation continues to endure the coronavirus lockdown.

1. Covid-19: Ramaphosa slammed over selfies minus the social distancing

President Cyril Ramaphosa may have somewhat shot himself in the foot after obliging a citizen for a selfie in Rosebank on Sunday.

After happily treating his fellow South African to a snap, Ramaphosa has come under intense criticism for failing to practise social distancing.

With the Covid-19 lockdown keeping the nation mostly behind doors for over 50 days, Ramaphosa has been applauded by international bodies for leading SA by example.

Nevertheless, citizens aren't impressed with the politician after a video surfaced on social media showing a mask-donning Ramaphosa standing a little too close to two joggers.

2. Schools are set to open in June except in areas hit hard by Covid-19

Most schools are set to open in June, except for 5000 schools across the country, including 929 private schools will stat shut due to the infection rates in their areas.

Schools in Buffalo City, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Mangaung and Nelson Mandela Bay will remain under lockdown level 5 conditions.

Briefly.co.za learned that 3.7-million pupils and 134 779 teachers will be affected by the school closures from June 1. In order to make the schools safe as possible, they will purchase PPE supplies with money that had been earmarked for learning materials. Parents have offered to help clean the schools to prepare them for the June 1 opening.

3. DA thinks the lockdown has given Dlamini-Zuma too much power

The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants the Disaster Management Act declared invalid, arguing that it gives one minister far too much power.

Through the Disaster Management Act, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma can decide on lockdown regulations which overrule parliament and the president according to the DA.

The DA argues that the act has created a state of emergency and the regulations Dlamini-Zuma can implement are not subject to parliamentary scrutiny.

Briefly.co.za learned that the DA said that the State of Emergency Act of 1997 and section 37 of the constitution gives parliament the ability to debate in the National Assembly and thereby is able to place the lockdown regulations under scrutiny.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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