Confirmed: President Cyril Ramaphosa to address SA on lockdown

Confirmed: President Cyril Ramaphosa to address SA on lockdown

-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

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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.

READ ALSO: Cabinet to meet before President Ramaphosa addresses South Africa

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.

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Ramaphosa will be addressing SA on Saturday evening. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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