On Sunday (12 September) Cogta minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gazetted an extension of the national state of disaster, which will continue until 15 October 2021. With the move to level 2 lockdown and the extension of the national state of disaster, government is now under significant pressure to end lockdown for good.
Western Cape premier, Alan Winde is one of the most vocal critics when it comes to the current regulations and the seemingly never-ending national state of disaster.
He issued a statement on Monday, warning senior ANC figures that the extended period of lockdown “could not last forever” and that he wants to see a new strategy that assesses the Covid-19 threat by province.
“I am concerned that President Cyril Ramaphosa did not present a concrete plan on when he will end the National State of Disaster. Instead, the Disaster was extended for another month by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. The hard truth is that we cannot be in this State of Disaster forever. We need to have a frank discussion on how we will continue to manage COVID-19 in the future without relying on this extreme instrument. We believe that a new, differentiated management system needs to take into account each province’s capacity to cope. We have learned how to manage waves effectively, on a provincial basis.” | Alan Winde
Sources: BusinessTech, MSN
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