Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says the 21-day lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa is necessary to save people’s lives.
Dlamini-Zuma said only people who provide essential services will be able to go to work.
“Since the President announced there will be a lockdown, that lockdown should be implemented. It's really about protecting people’s lives. As you know when the President first announced the first restrictions we had about 61 cases [of the Covid-19]. Today we have more than 700 people,” said the minister.
On Wednesday Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize announced that there are now 709 cases of Covid-19 or coronavirus in South Africa.
“So it is very important that as South Africans in all spheres of life to take it upon ourselves to ensure we stick to the lockdown," said Dlamini-Zuma.
The lockdown kicks off at midnight on Thursday and will end on 16 April. This lockdown is meant to help the country curb the spread of the Covid-19.
“People will only be allowed to move when they go and buy food, when they want to see a doctor...but generally you have to stay put. Basically stay at home, unless you are essential to our survival,” she said.