- Police Minister Bheki Cele has said that the Cabinet would meet on Saturday ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's address to the nation
- The government is under a lot of pressure to open up the economy and lift the ban on cigarettes and alcohol
- Ramaphosa is expected to announce that the country will be moving to lockdown level 2 tonight but this has not been confirmed
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Police Minister Bheki Cele has said that the Cabinet would meet on Saturday, the government is under a great deal of pressure to ease lockdown restrictions.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to make an announcement on Saturday, in which he will explain what the next phase of the lockdown will entail for South Africa.
Many believe that the president will announce that South Africa will move to lockdown level 2.
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Cele would not reveal any details of the meeting on Saturday:
“I know Cabinet will be meeting tomorrow and I will be presumptious and arrogant to say what the Cabinet will say tomorrow,” said Cele.
Political parties are putting a lot of pressure on Ramaphosa to open up the economy and move the country to level 2 lockdown according to IOL.
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has asked Cabinet to consider extending the Declaration of the National State of Disaster.
Her department confirmed that the proposal was received by Cabinet which is currently considering the submission.
The one-month extension of the Declaration is set to expire on 15 August at midnight after being invoked on 27 March at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In other news, Democratic Alliance interim leader John Steenhuisen has once again called for an immediate end to the Covid-19 national lockdown.
In a statement issued on Friday, Steenhuisen explained that millions of South Africans are running the risk of losing their income due to the restrictions:
“Millions of livelihoods are in peril as thousands of businesses cannot plan for the immediate future, and every day more and more of them are taking the heart-breaking decision to close their doors."
With so much at stake, the opposition leader wondered how SA's president was so silent on the subject:
“As far as making critical and urgent decisions right now to save our economy, which is fast collapsing thanks to a self-inflicted lockdown crisis, he is nowhere to be seen."
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