- Citizens learnt with shock that the Gauteng government had made provisions for the mass burial of 1.5 million citizens
- With Covid-19 expected to reach peak infections later this year, the nation is on edge
- Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has raised a few eyebrows by denying this already-controversial plan
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Gauteng has officially overtaken the Western Cape as the new epicentre of South Africa's Covid-19 pandemic.
Health MEC Bandile Masuku has confirmed that the province is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst:
“We are preparing over 1.5 million grave sites and it’s an uncomfortable discussion. As a medical practitioner, it becomes… not something of my great topics but it’s the reality we need to do here. We need to be prepared.”
This drew Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma out of her social media slumber. The politician dismissed this plan outright:
“The government’s response to Covid-19 is informed by the imperative to prevent infections and save lives. We are not, therefore, expecting and preparing for one million Covid-19 related deaths in the country. Stay safe.”
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This earned Dlamini-Zuma a fierce clap-back from Economic Freedom Fighters official Mbuyiseni Ndlozi:
“Don’t mislead us, Minister Dlamini-Zuma: It was always the government’s plan to prepare for burial. What we did not know it that you are preparing over for over one million deaths, waiting for more of us to die. This shows all of you have given up the fight against Covid-19.”
Citizens weren't sure what to make of this comment from the minister tasked with responding to the crisis in SA.
Briefly.co.za reported that the minister had earned fierce criticism for supporting one of the most controversial lockdown regulations, the tobacco ban.
Reports had indicated that Dlamini-Zuma had personally pushed for the ban to remain firmly in place despite the restrictions on alcohol lifting with the migration to Level 3.
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