Government “doesn’t have all the facts” yet to consider whether the 21-day national lockdown should be extended or not. Co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made the frank admission on Thursday night.
Speaking at a ministerial briefing after a meeting of the National Command Council, which met earlier in the day and was chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma said: “It’s still early to say whether it will be extended or not. We’ve only had a week today, seven days. But even that week, she said, didn’t paint a complete picture.
“Even that seven days, if you look at it properly, this week has been the grant payments so there’s been a lot of movement [of] people going to receive their grants. So it’s too early to assess.
“We will make a proper assessment of what has happened. There is research being done and, at the right time, government will make that assessment and make that determination if there’s an extension or not. For now it’s too early. We don’t have all the facts,” she said.
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