Covid-19 update: DA wants Dlamini-Zuma axed, child cases revealed

Covid-19 update: DA wants Dlamini-Zuma axed, child cases revealed

With the nation's schools set to reopen in just a few days, citizens learnt that over 700 children have been infected with Covid-19. explores the latest updates on this ever evolving crisis.

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South African parents are now even more concerned after learning that over 700 children under the age of 9 have contracted Covid-19. explores the top news stories from Friday relating to the pandemic:

1. Coronavirus: Around 755 SA children under 9 have been infected

With Grade 7 and 12 learners preparing to return to school on 1 June, latest statistics from the Department of Health show that 755 children under the age of nine are infected with the Covid-19 virus.

This number accounts for 2.9% of all cases as the total currently sits at 27 403. The statistics show that a total of 577 people have died from the Covid-19 virus thus far, with two of those being children.

Children aged between 10 and 19 years old account for 1 147 of total Covid-19 cases. Although some paediatricians have said the Covid-19 risk is lower in children, parents remain worried about the safety of those who are returning to school.

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

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.

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.

3. DA: Ramaphosa must fire Dlamini-Zuma for lying over tobacco ban

The Democratic Alliance wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

In a statement released by the party, leader John Steenhuisen explained that it felt the minister had been less than honest over her reasons for the tobacco ban in SA:

“It appears that Minister Dlamini-Zuma lied to South Africans in her justification for the continued ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. If this is indeed the case, then President Ramaphosa surely has no choice but to fire her from his cabinet."

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