The State of Disaster regulations in their current form are set to expire on 15 January, which means that if it is not renewed the existing framework of Level 1 Lockdown would cease to exist in turn freeing South Africa from virus control measures for the first time since March 2020.
Provincial Premiers, top Covid-19 experts and of course John Steenhuisen want it to lapse.
Steenhuisen stated that the State of Disaster has now served its purpose and that means very little when the population had been largely immunized.
“The State of Disaster has become no more than a cover for increasing centralized control and evading accountability. It must go. It’s purpose is to relieve pressure on the health system. COVID hospitalisation rates are now low across the country. Immunity rates are high across the population, the Omicron variant has been shown to be less severe, excess deaths have been mostly normal since September, and the health system has had ample time to prepare in the unlikely event of a new variant that evades immunity. South Africa has now been under a State of Disaster for 667 days. For far too long now, the government has relied on the State of Disaster, instead of doing its job, which is to improve the healthcare system and get vaccines and boosters to as many individuals as possible,” said Steenhuisen.
However, despite what everyone else thinks, the government may still be reluctant to pull the plug on restrictions. President Ramaphosa and his colleagues have previously reasoned that they need the SoD framework in place in case things go wrong.
Sources: Times LIVE, MSN
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