Lockdown to be lifted in stages, Dlamini-Zuma

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Photo by AU Media

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma says the lockdown will be lifted but in stages. Dlamini-Zuma was briefing the media on Thursday afternoon along with the other members of the National Command Council.

“When we do stop the lockdown, we cannot do it abruptly, that today it’s complete lockdown and tomorrow, it’s open completely. We have to phase in so that there is an orderly move towards normality.”

“Lockdown will be lifted in an incremental and orderly manner,” says the minister. “We will be announcing every week which sectors can open,” she added.

Meanwhile, Dlamini-Zuma also mentions that school may be reopening soon.

Alcohol sales remains suspended until the 30th of April. A maximum of 50 people on funeral still remains.

While she is not certain if the lockdown will be extended, Dlamini-Zuma says some rules may still be in place even beyond lockdown.

You can now call a plumber if anything is burst or need fixing at your house, Dlamini-Zuma added.

All mines that supply Eskom are required to remain open. On fuel, the minister says the refineries are now open to hamper the speed of supply as there will be demand when the lockdown is lifted.

A weekly announcements will be made on which sectors could open and under which conditions.

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