Covid-19 update: Cabinet reshuffle loading, crooks in PPE steal grants

Covid-19 update: Cabinet reshuffle loading, crooks in PPE steal grants

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga may be worried over a looming Cabinet reshuffle. Briefly.co.za explores the latest as the nation continues to face the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The growing unease over the continued Covid-19 lockdown has been aggravated by numerous mishaps on Tuesday.

Briefly.co.za explores the top stories on the current situation in South Africa.

1. Pending cabinet reshuffle has ministers worried, Motshekga under fire

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has come under fire for her department's actions that left millions of South Africans confused.

Motshekga initially announced that on 1 June, Grade 7 and 12 learners will return to school and government will reopen in attempt to save the school calendar. In the days leading up to the planned reopening on 1 June, Motshekga said only schools that had implemented the required health and safety precautions would reopen.

An allegedly pending cabinet reshuffle could be behind Angie Motshekga's decision to reopen schools despite multiple warnings from experts and unions.

2. Armed gang dressed in PPE gear targets KwaZulu-Natal pension pay point

A group of armed men, who were dressed in PPE gear, robbed a pension pay point at the Checkers supermarket at the Scottsville Mall on Wednesday morning, IOL reported.

The thugs reportedly made off with more than R200 000 and managed to get access to the pay point by pretending to be Covid-19 screeners.

Pensioners lined up outside the pay point to collect their money at the time of the robbery. The entire incident went off without a single gun shot or injury reported.

3. North West school closes: Principal tests positive for Covid-19

A North West school's reopening was short-lived with a case of Covid-19 confirmed before it even got the opportunity to welcome back students.

In a statement issued on the situation, the provinces Department of Education confirmed that the school's principal had indeed tested positive for the virus.

Regional spokesperson Elias Malini commented that the doctor had immediately suggested a Covid-19 test after noting that the principal was displaying symptoms:

"The results confirmed the positive status on Tuesday and immediately the principal was subjected to a 14 days self-quarantine."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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