- President Cyril Ramaphosa has been accused of lying to the South African National Editors Forum
- Ramaphosa recently addressed the nation and the forum claims he snubbed their request to take questions
- This reportedly comes after he gave them his word that journalists would be allowed to engage with the president during the address
Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening and the SANEF claims that he had promised to take questions but eventually went back on his word.
Taking to social media to voice their frustrations, SANEF commented that Ramaphosa had essentially lied:
“Sanef pleaded with the President and his office to allow questions at the last engagement with us. The presidency and Cyril Ramaphosa himself promised to take questions. Alas, he did not keep his word.”
This comes at a critical time in the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with public trust taking a dive with plenty of confusion and controversy surrounding the regulations put into place.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the Department of Education has responded to SADTU's call for schools to once again shut down as infections rise.
The department had issued a statement on Tuesday evening, defending its decision to keep schools open:
"One of the main reasons for the phased-in reopening of schools was to make sure the unfettered right to basic education for all children is equitably provided. During Alert Levels 5 and 4 of the national lockdown, most children from the most rural and remote areas of the country, especially learners from quintiles 1-3 schools, could not access any form of online teaching and learning."
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