Mkhize wants powers to restrict citizens' behaviour and movements beyond a state of disaster

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
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What's news: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize wants powers to restrict South Africans even when there isn't a national state of disaster in effect.

What more we know: In a hastily organised meeting of the portfolio committee on health on Tuesday evening, Mkhize presented a set of regulations that would give him powers akin to that which the Disaster Management Act confer on the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister during a state of disaster.

Ammunition: Mkhize told the committee that regulations would be "major ammunition to deal with the pandemic".

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