-President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing South Africa on Saturday evening
- The address will announce the way forward amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- Ramaphosa is expected to relax certain national lockdown restrictions
President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing South Africa on Saturday evening at 20h00.
Ramaphosa will be announcing developments on the 'risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19.
This comes as the rate of infection in SA seems to be slowing with fewer new cases and more recoveries reported.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.
Cele would not reveal any details of the meeting on Saturday:
“I know Cabinet will be meeting tomorrow and I will be presumptuous 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.
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.
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