- The Democratic Alliance has claimed that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has once again overruled President Cyril Ramaphosa
- This time, the opposition party insists that the difference came in over the closing time of restaurants
- Dlamini-Zuma allegedly took it upon herself to shit the curfew an hour earlier according to the party
The Democratic Alliance claims that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has once again overruled President Ramaphosa.
The opposition party released a statement on Saturday, commenting that the amended regulations sang a different tune to what Ramaphosa himself had said:
"The Democratic Alliance (DA) has found out that once again, Minister Dlamini-Zuma has decided to overrule President Ramaphosa through the latest amended regulations published on the 17th of December 2020."
"This time, Minster Dlamini-Zuma has unilaterally decided to change the closing time for restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas, theatres and museums from 10pm to 9pm."
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa had commented during his last address that:
“The hours of the curfew will be longer, starting at 11pm and ending at 4am. Non-essential establishments, including restaurants and bars, will have to close at 10pm so that staff and patrons can get home before the enforcement of the curfew”.
The party had discovered that the regulations had been published earlier this week had noted the curfew had been brought forward, adamant that the Minister had made her own call:
"This of course is not the first time that Minister Dlamini-Zuma has contradicted the President, the u-turn on tobacco sales during the lockdown being the most famous."
The DA has now written to both Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma demanding answers and seeking to have the regulations amended to 10pm, concluding that:
"However, the big question that remains unanswered is, why does President Ramaphosa continually allow for Minister Dlamini-Zuma to get away with this delinquent behaviour at his expense?"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the earlier confusion over the unbanning of tobacco had seen Dlamini-Zuma accused of overruling the President.
Later, Ramaphosa had clarified that he had made a mistake asking the Minister to announce the changes to the regulations.
Ramaphosa had insisted that the decision had been a collective one and not one made solely by Dlamini-Zuma.
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