Jackson Mthembu has briefed the nation on the outcome of the virtual cabinet meeting that was held on Wednesday, 26 August. The Minister in the Presidency summarised the various issues that were raised, including the move to Alert Level 2, the return to school and the government's plan to tackle corruption.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at some the highlights of the briefing.
1. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Alert Level 2
According to Mthembu, the move from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 is aimed at reviving the economy and to contribute to the creation of jobs, especially in the hard-hit tourism and hospitality industry.
Although the threat of ‘second wave’ of infections is always present, the government hopes that the collective actions of citizens will prevent it from happening.
Mthembu also raised the incident of the "untimely death of three Tshwane Metro Police Department officers who lost their lives in a tragic crash with a drunk driver this past weekend."
"This fatal accident is a wake-up call to all of us, individually and collectively, to reflect on what we can do to begin acting responsibly and playing our part in curbing alcohol abuse."
2. Re-opening of schools and tertiary institutions
The cabinet has welcomed the re-opening of schools this week. All universities will also be allowing the controlled return of students. A maximum of 66% of students will be allowed to return to university campuses.
Addressing the rampant corruption in the country, the cabinet reiterated its commitment to ensure that allegations of corruption relating to Covid-19 procurement are swiftly investigated.
"Those implicated will be severely punished, and money stolen from the State by unscrupulous companies and individuals by inflating the prices of personal protective equipment will be recovered"
4. Postponement of the hosting of the 2020 International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
Cabinet has postponed the IMO and its parallel event of World Maritime Day, from October 2020 to October 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Briefly.co.za previously reported that the state capture commission to expose corruption is currently underway and South African businessman, Vuyisile Ndzeku, was caught red-handed for paying himself a R2.5 million SAA tender.
The former director of JM Aviation SA appeared before the state capture commission to respond to the allegations of corruption leveled against him. Ndzeku initially denied the accusations, including one suggesting that he paid himself R2.5 million.
However when state capture commission evidence leader, advocate Kate Hofmeyr, cornered him, the businessman was forced to change his story.
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