Lockdown restrictions likely to be relaxed

2021-Sep-13   07:20

Lockdown restrictions likely to be relaxed
Government is expected to revise the COVID-19 lockdown to a more flexible level tonight to allow political parties space to campaign ahead of the 2021 Local Government Elections.

- Kgaogelo Magolego

Government is expected to revise the COVID-19 lockdown to a more flexible level tonight to allow political parties space to campaign ahead of the 2021 Local Government Elections.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to make the announcement in an address to the nation at 8pm this evening.

According to a Presidency statement, the address follows consultations with cabinet and the National Coronavirus Command Council.

The statement also expresses confidence in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

"As South Africa rolls out its COVID–19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring infection, treatment, recovery and vaccination rates as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures," the Presidency said.

Earlier in the week Ramaphosa’s deputy, David Mabuza, hinted at less stringent reatructions when he said in light of the 1 November elections government had to find ways of keeping citizens safe while allowing political parties space to canvass votes.

While the EFF was the only party to have publicly vowed to disregard lockdown restrictions, many formations have, from this week, been going all out to rally supporters ahead of voter registration weekend scheduled for the 18th and the 19th of this month.

The president's address will, as usual be carried across government's social media platforms while the SABC will provide a feed for all broadcasters.

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