Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

An agreement between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Solidariteit looks set to be honoured this week – Photo: Pixabay

‘Tougher lockdown’ after the elections? Dlamini-Zuma has her say…

There are fears that COVID-19 cases could rise from Monday – and Minister Dlamini-Zuma has been quizzed about lockdown.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

An agreement between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Solidariteit looks set to be honoured this week – Photo: Pixabay

With some fearing that large crowds at voting booths across the country on Monday could cause multiple ‘super-spreader events’, questions have been raised about how South Africa would act to contain a boom in COVID-19 cases. Of course, this talk always leads to suggestions of ‘more lockdowns’ – but Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma isn’t convinced.

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Now, when NDZ doesn’t really fancy a lockdown, it’s safe to assume the return of any restrictions still remains a long way off. It’s not yet clear how Mzansi would choose to proceed, should a fourth wave of infections reach our shores by the end of the year – as predicted by several experts.

Vaccination numbers are rising, but SA is still short of the 70% threshold it has set the nation for end of 2021. Therefore, speculation about yet another period of intense restrictions remains rife – but Dlamini-Zuma isn’t playing ball.

Does Dlamini-Zuma want another lockdown? Not right now…

During the State of Disaster regulations,the COGTA minister may have yanked ciggies from the shelves, tried to redefine what a beach was, and sneak-in a snap alcohol ban over Easter – but she’s not too keen on any move backwards due to the elections. Well, certainly not for the moment anyway.

While filing her special vote on Saturday, she was collared by an IOL journalist, who asked about the possibility of a lockdown following an election-influenced increase in new COVID-19 cases. Quite simply, it all comes down to how our virus numbers behave, but at present, Dlamini-Zuma there is ‘no justification’ for any new lockdown laws.

“A lockdown is not a random action, we look at the figures, how many people are getting infected, we get advice from (the department of) health, we get advice from the advisory council. So if the figures remain as they are, there shouldn’t be any harder lockdown. So, it will depend on how the figures behave, but currently, there’s no justification.”

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma