Covid-19 update: Trust in Ramaphosa high, Motshekga to meet unions

Covid-19 update: Trust in Ramaphosa high, Motshekga to meet unions

Trust in President Cyril Ramaphosa is high during the pandemic according to a recent study. explores the latest updates on the continued battle against Covid-19.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has immense public support according to a recent study. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.

1. Trust in Ramaphosa high despite fear levels increasing

Ask Afrika has released its findings on trust in the government amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study found that trust in President Cyril Ramaphosa is high with 76% of citizens confirming that they are happy with him leading SA during the pandemic.

City Press reports that this comes despite fear relating to the pandemic being at its highest level so far, 25%.

Andrea Rademeyer, chief executive and founder of Ask Afrika, commented on the findings:

“Trust in the president remains higher than trust in his ministers. The president is seen as authentic, serving the interests of the people, and being transparent in his dealings. The public want to receive frequent communication from the president, at least once a week."

Most citizens trust Ramaphosa to lead SA amid the pandemic. Image: GCIS
Source: Twitter

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2. Motshekga to meet with unions after calls for schools to close

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is set to meet with unions after intense calls for the closure of schools as SA heads towards peak Covid-19 infections. reported that the SA Democratic Teachers Union has called for schools to be shut down, prompting action by the department. The National Teachers Union has also joined in this call with president Allen Thompson accusing the state of downplaying the number of infections:

“And the department is now hiding the information. In other instances you find that the principal of a school is the one that has tested positive, but members of staff were never told and they have been with that principal since the schools have reopened.
"At least a minimum of six or seven teachers per school have tested positive. Teachers with comorbidities have never been substituted, teachers are dying in the schools and they are also testing positive day in and day out.”

3. SA continues to record high Covid-19 infections

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed yet another spike in Covid-19 infections in South Africa. In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, Mkhize has confirmed the latest statistics:

"As of today, a cumulative total of 298 292 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been reported with 10 496 new cases identified."

Mkhize also noted that SA had recorded 174 new Covid-19 related fatalities in the space of 24 hours:

"Regrettably, we report a further 174 Covid-19 related deaths - 4 from Northern Cape, 27 from KwaZulu-Natal, 17 from Eastern Cape, 44 from Western Cape and 82 from Gauteng province. This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 4 346."

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