Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the late Mozambican President Samora Machel. Photo: Cyril Ramaphosa / Twitter

Lockdown will end *permanently* in SA – once these THREE things happen

President Ramaphosa has set out his list of criteria for lifting lockdown altogether – and it would appear there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the late Mozambican President Samora Machel. Photo: Cyril Ramaphosa / Twitter

Cyril Ramaphosa has lifted the lid on when exactly South Africans can expect lockdown to end for good. Submitting a written response this week following a Parliamentary Q&A session, the president has revealed his desired criteria.

Leaving lockdown – how will it happen?

Citizens of Mzansi have been under lockdown regulations since March 2020, with State of Disaster laws rolling over continuously each month. As it stands, the restrictive legislation will be in place until at least 15 October 2021.

With COVID-19 cases falling, and vaccination numbers rising, we’re heading towards endgame: Lockdown restrictions cannot last forever, and eventually, South Africa will have to learn to live with the virus, thanks to our life-saving jabs.

Ramaphosa’s journey with the COVID-19 outbreak

As our ‘pandemic president’, Ramaphosa initially drew praise for his swift response to the virus, and South Africa managed to keep COVID-19 at bay for a little while. However, his strategy was obliterated by badly behaved ministers, widespread PPE corruption, and a set of lockdown laws that bemused people, rather than protected them.

The less said about the cooked chicken ban, the better.

Battered and bruised, the South African economy needs to get going sooner rather than later – and for the first time, Ramaphosa is entertaining the restlessness coming from rival political parties. The DA have been the leading lockdown-cynics, and Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has challenged Cyril to ditch the State of Disaster.

What has to happen for lockdown to end in South Africa?

The president’s plan must pass three checks first, with the impact of vaccines and sensible business practices leading from the front. According to the 68-year-old head of state, lockdown will only expire once the following things happen:

  • All law-making sectors of society must officially establish ‘sustainable measures’ to mitigate the COVID-19 spread.
  • The need for a State of Disaster should cease, because extraordinary measures (lockdowns, curfews etc) are no longer needed.
  • The pandemic needs to be declared ‘over’ (due to vaccine/infection driven immunity),with the virus becoming ‘endemic’ instead.