Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma published a new government gazette that updates South Africa’s rules on gatherings during Covid-19.
This gazette states that gatherings of community engagements are permitted by the following groups of people to deal with emergency matters:
- Members of Parliament
- Members of the provincial legislatures
- Leaders of political parties
- Religious leaders
- Traditional leaders
The gazette also grants exemption for these members from the lockdown rules around travelling and curfew, provided that this is done as part of their oversight responsibilities and community engagements.
While it is unclear why these changes were made, it was likely in response to the ongoing looting and violence taking place in Gauteng and KZN.
President Ramaphosa is meeting with several leaders this week in an effort to find a solution to the problem.
In a statement on Tuesday evening the presidency said that, “President Cyril Ramaphosa has embarked on a round of consultations with the leadership of different sectors of society to develop a society-wide response to the violence and destruction affecting many parts of the country. This outreach supplements the mobilisation of the South African Police Service, the South African National Defence Force and other law enforcement bodies to prevent public violence, loss of life and damage to property.”
After meetings on Tuesday with the National Security Council, Ramaphosa will meet with leaders of political parties on Wednesday morning.
Sources: Business Tech, Business Insider
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