- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has often used social media as a platform to voice opposing views from the ruling party
- This time, Mboweni has responded to the plan to clamp down on the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
- The Minister hinted that hordes of citizens would be leaving the region in favour of places with more relaxed restrictions
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has once again used social media to air his differing opinions on South African affairs.
This time, Mboweni seems to disagree with the decision to tighten restrictions on the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Posting a photo of a congested highway, Mboweni captioned the post 'cars leaving Nelson Mandela Bay right now'.
Evidently, the Minister feels that the plan to reduce infections in the metro will only encourage citizens to migrate to places with more relaxed restrictions, in some cases spreading Covid-19 as they go.
While the restrictions were intended to help limit the spread of Covid-19 little prevents residents from simply opting to spend the festive season elsewhere.
With the possible spread of the virus by holidaying South Africans already highlighted as a concern, it appears as if the recent adjustments were meant more to spook citizens into compliance.
One undeniable benefit of the tighter restrictions is that the new rules will likely provide relief as far as alcohol-related injuries are concerned.
Numerous reports had indicated that hospitals were already battling to keep up with infections and liquor was only serving to worsen the situation.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has been identified as a hotspot with the following restrictions placed on the region with effect from midnight:
- The curfew has been adjusted to 22:00 and 04:00
- The sale of alcohol will only be permitted between Monday to Thursday
- Alcohol consumption in certain areas is forbidden to prevent large gatherings
- Gatherings may not be attended by more than 100 people for indoor events and 250 for outdoor events
- Post funeral gatherings (after tears) are prohibited
Ramaphosa stressed that these measures are not intended to punish the residents of this region, but to assist citizens in managing the pandemic.
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