Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa will soon announce that the country will move to level 1 of the restriction.
Ramaphosa chaired meetings of the presidential coordination committee and Nedlac on Tuesday.
The presidential coordination committee includes prime ministers and ministers, and during the meeting a report was discussed on a report by the national Covid-19 command council regarding the country’s response to the pandemic.
During the Nedlac meeting , an action plan for economic recovery was agreed upon, which will now be considered and finalized by the cabinet.
The cabinet is expected to meet now to decide whether the lockdown can be scaled down.
Dr. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is cautiously optimistic that South Africa is suffering from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic and his department has recommended that secession regulations be relaxed. These include regulations regarding the evening clock rule, the sale of alcohol, religious gatherings as well as travel restrictions.
The DA also called on Ramaphosa to abolish the curfew, open all sectors of the economy, allow international travel and allow a normal school week.
“The isolation regulations must be terminated completely and immediately, with the exception of mass gatherings in confined spaces. This strict and long-term restriction has plunged our economy, the lifeline of our society, into an unprecedented crisis, ”said John Steenhuisen, DA leader.
The government should rather trust people to take individual responsibility in accordance with clear safety guidelines. According to Steenhuisen, the DA does not deny the risk of a possible second wave of infection, even though the scientific consensus is that the risk for it is low. “We rather believe that the risk that a deep and long-lasting depression poses to households is much greater. Furthermore, the recovery rate for infected people is now much higher than a few months ago, while the change in behavior and the build-up of herd immunity contribute to significantly delaying the transmission rate, which was the original purpose of the restriction. ”
According to Steenhuisen, however, there is more that needs to be done than simply returning safely to work and school.
“As a society, we must agree to the economic reforms that can make our economy grow again and that can drive back poverty, unemployment and inequality. We need to move away from policies that hinder investments such as the National Health Insurance, expropriation without compensation, asset prescription and the nationalization of the Reserve Bank. Poverty is a deadly pandemic in its own right that requires decisive action from our government that has not happened so far. ”