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Ramaphosa is back in SA, and has reached a decision on what he is going to about the lockdown

It's been understood that President Cyril Ramaphosa landed in the country in the early hours of Wednesday morning and he walked straight to a cabinet meeting.

He was confronted with contentious discussions around Covid-19 and mandatory vaccination, after he returned from his West African tour.

Ramaphosa left SA just as the new omicron variant infections spiked and multiple nations imposed travel bans on the Southern Africa countries.

He told reporters in Senegal he had to meet up with the national coronavirus command council before they could make any recommendations to cabinet regarding any response to the new fast spreading omicron variant.

Ramaphosa met with the national coronavirus command council on Wednesday. Government cannot rule out the possibility of imposing lockdown restrictions.

Government cannot rule out the possibility of tighter lockdown restrictions, saying we will be guided by science.

As Covid-19 cases continue to raise with the emergence of the omicron variant, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says the cabinet has approved the extension of the national state of disaster to 15 January 2022.

This follows a recommendation by the national coronavirus command council, in terms of the disaster management act.

"The national state of disaster is aimed at responding to the special circumstances presented by the Covid-19 pandemic". Said Gungubele.

He was addressing the media on the outcomes of a cabinet briefing on Wednesday.

On Mandatory vaccination, Gungubele said there had been no recommendations made by the national coronavirus command council.

"It's so clear to a number of us that you need a policy that encourages vaccination and you need a policy that discourages cynicism towards vaccines".

Asked if the government can guarantee South Africans a festive season without strict lockdown restrictions the Minister in the Presidency said "We can't do that. We said we will follow science, we will follow objective reality, we will respond to circumstances. We cannot say there will be no lockdown when you do not know what the situation will be".

Gungubele also pleaded with the nation to get vaccinated ahead of the festive season saying "while most of us will be taking a well deserved festive break, we must remember that Covid-19 does not take a holiday. A safe holiday period for you and your loved ones can be guaranteed by a simple jab at your nearest vaccination site".

The health department's acting director-general Nicholas Crisp said Ramaphosa would want to get feedback from the task team setup to look at making vaccination mandatory.


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