- After immense speculation and leaked information regarding what Level 3 lockdown would entail, President Cyril Ramaphosa will finally address SA
- The President will be updating South Africans at 19h00 on Sunday over the nation's response to Covid-19
- Amid the crisis itself, an increasing sense of tension over seemingly frivolous restrictions has settled in
President Cyril Ramaphosa will finally be addressing South Africa on Sunday evening at 19h00.
This comes after a week of citizens voicing their discontent over restrictions that seem questionable to many.
In a statement issued by the Presidency on Saturday evening, it was revealed that Ramaphosa has sought out advice regarding his next move from every possible sphere of life:
"As part of exploring possible prospects and assessing the continuing health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic, President Ramaphosa has also held consultative meetings with the business, labour and community constituencies of the National Economic Development and Labour Council; leaders of political parties represented in Parliament; traditional leaders; leadership of interfaith communities; the South African Council of Churches, and the tourism industry, which is the single largest source of employment in the private sector."
Naturally, these meetings had included Cabinet and the task teams handling the pandemic:
"The President’s address follows recent meetings of Cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President’s Coordinating Council, which considered the prospects for the country’s progression from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown."
But if he were to cast an eye towards the opinions of his 'Fellow South Africans', Ramaphosa would understand the growing irritation over certain lockdown regulations.
An immense bone of contention for Mzansi has been the current cigarette ban, which has seen an intense spike in black market sales.
91% Of citizens who took part in a University of Cape Town survey confirmed that the ban had not prevented them from getting their fix.
Briefly.co.za reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele had confirmed police officers will now be questioning smokers over where and when they purchased tobacco products, despite the immense uproar over the ban to begin with.
With thousands of South Africans calling for the ban to be lifted, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has urged the NCC to consider extending the restriction until Level 1.
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