It was a mistake that he himself did not announce that the sale of cigarettes would not be allowed at level 4, after initially saying that this would be the case.
Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa conceded in an online meeting with the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Sunday afternoon.
The announcement that the sale of cigarettes will not be allowed was eventually made by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Minister responsible for the government’s Covid-19 regulations.
Ramaphosa admitted it had caused an “unpleasant situation”. This made people say Dlamini-Zuma undermined the president.
“It (the decision to sell cigarettes) was a collective decision,” Ramaphosa said.
The president also admitted some of his cabinet members were “over-enthusiastic” with some of the containment measures.
“I told the ministers the communication must be clear and unequivocal. There can be no contradictions.
“The regulations should not be misinterpreted,” Ramaphosa said.