Covid-19 confusion: Ministers at odds over lockdown family visits

Covid-19 confusion: Ministers at odds over lockdown family visits

- Covid-19 regulations are already confusing for many as citizens try to keep up with ever-changing rules

- What makes it even more confusing is when the ministers tasked with relaying this information get their wires crossed

- Ministers Jackson Mthembu and Bheki Cele left SA feeling confused over social visits during Level 3 lockdown

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The government is in complete control of South Africa and citizens can find themselves on the wrong side of the law for contravening Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

With this in mind, it isn't very reassuring when leadership fails to provide clarity over these ever-changing laws.

In this particular case, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu and Police Minister Bheki Cele completely contradicted each other over Level 3 rules.

READ ALSO: Level 3: Smoking still banned, alcohol and fast food delivery allowed

Speaking during a media briefing, Mthembu explained that citizens would be allowed to visit family members in their neighbourhood, but would require a special permit to cross district lines and only for select circumstances.

"The way the regulations stand now is that we can visit our family in our neighbourhood. The only problem is when we must go beyond the province, district and the metro where we live for the purpose of visiting our families. Yes, we can still get permits to visit our families if whatever need has arisen for us to visit them."

However, Minister Bheki Cele has made it clear that no social visits to family members may take place during Level 3, creating immense confusion over the issue.

The regulations gazetted by the government failed to offer any clarification, saying simply that citizens seeking to provide an immediate family member with care in a different district, metro or province would need to obtain a special permit. reported that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had confirmed the sale of alcohol would be permitted during certain times, while the sale of tobacco products remains prohibited.

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