Ramaphosa's next 'family meeting' will be next week, says Minister Jackson Mthembu

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation next week on the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The address will take place after the National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet have met.
  • Last week, Ramaphosa dismissed claims of a return to a Level 3 lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation next week on the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu made this announcement on Thursday morning when he briefed the media on the outcomes of the previous day's Cabinet meeting.

"Cabinet is concerned that some people are behaving recklessly and irresponsibly as if Covid-19 no longer exists. Cabinet calls on all people in South Africa to continue adhering to the health protocols of practising social distancing, wearing masks in public and washing our hands with water and soap or an alcohol-based sanitiser, and avoiding large gatherings," read the Cabinet statement.

"Such consistent considerate behaviour remains the greatest defence in protecting ourselves and others against the virus. Our responsible actions will ensure we minimise the rates of infections whilst we continue to rebuild our economy.

WATCH | Ramaphosa dismisses rumours of a return to lockdown Level 3 as 'simply not true'

"Cabinet will deliberate the outcomes of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to be held next week. President Ramaphosa will thereafter brief the nation on the developments in South Africa's risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19."

Mthembu said Cabinet didn't discuss Covid-19 at this week's meeting.

"Can we allow the president to take us into his confidence after the NCCC has met?"

While answering questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) last Tuesday, Ramaphosa said it was "simply not true" that a return to lockdown Level 3 was imminent.

Medium Term Budget Policy Statement

Cabinet also welcomed the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement which Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tabled last week, saying it "sets out a course that limits the operational spending of government. It also supports economic growth to boost the creation of much-needed jobs".

"The allocations support our drive to revive the economy from the devastation of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and attract investments," Mthembu said.

"Cabinet is resolute in its commitment to get the economy growing again and therefore our current tough actions will accelerate our efforts to build a more resilient economy."

Cabinet also welcomed Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille's announcement that an infrastructure-focused, anti-corruption structure would ensure the ethical management of infrastructure contracts.

"The Infrastructure and Investment Office in The Presidency will in the coming days provide details of the commitments made by investors during this week's roundtable and marketplace.

"Cabinet condemned the "senseless and callous killing of police officers who have dedicated their lives to serve and protect".

"The killing and attack of police officers is a direct attack on the rule of law and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996," read the Cabinet statement.

Cabinet also congratulated Shudufhadzo Musida for being crowned Miss South Africa 2020 and Banyana Banaya for winning their Cosafa Cup opener against Angola on Tuesday.

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