- President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently ill in bed and won't be available for the next few days
- The Presidency has confirmed that Ramaphosa has taken ill with the common cold
- Minister Jackson Mthembu had earlier commented that Ramaphosa would need to delay meetings with NEHAWU as a result
President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently sick and won't be able to attend to engagements until Wednesday according to the Presidency.
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu had earlier brought attention to the situation after commenting on NEHAWU's strike:
"The only person who can deal with these issues properly and listen to what NEHAWU has to say is our president, and he is available to meet with them on Wednesday because today he is really sick, he is in blankets as I speak."
News24 confirmed that Ramaphosa is ill with acting spokesperson Tyrone Seale, who said that the President is ill with the common cold and on bed rest.
IOL reports that NEHAWU had picketed outside of Ramaphosa's office on Monday, demanding a salary increase and better conditions for workers on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A lack of personal protective equipment and failure to screen health workers on a daily basis were listed as issues by the union.
NEHAWU had delivered a memorandum to Ramaphosa's office earlier in September and was outraged by the lack of response received.
Numerous citizens have wished Ramaphosa a speedy recovery, with Economic Freedom Fighter member Mbuyiseni Ndlozi commenting:
"President Cyril Ramaphosa get well soon. On a serious note!"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the nation had shifted to Level 1 of the national Covid-19 lockdown on Sunday at midnight.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had welcomed the move, made in light of declining cases, but warned citizens that this was not the time to become complacent.
Mkhize said that the nation is not out of the woods just yet with a real risk of another wave of infections:
"We are now searching for the vaccine, but before we get the vaccine, we can't rest. South Africans need to know that level 1 isn't like everything is over."
The minister reiterated that now is not the time to let your guard slip, commenting further that:
"We have to make sure we take precautions. This Covid-19 can still resurge. We must not lose the message and be complacent."
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