By : UpdatedDaily
President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a late response to a parliamentary question that South Africa's lockdown will be lifted once "sustainable sectoral regulatory measures for Covid-19 response are in place."
However, he did not specify what these measures would be or when they would be implemented.
Ramaphosa's response was as follows:
"The current regulations for disaster response in the context of the risk-adjusted strategy remain necessary to limit the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic"...
"All regulations and directions issued under the national state of disaster will cease to exist once sustainable sectoral regulatory measures for Covid-19 response are in place or the need to invoke current extraordinary measures provided for under the state of disaster ceases.
"As a result, ongoing assessments by the National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet will determine whether the conditions for terminating or allowing the state of disaster to lapse have been satisfied."
Ramaphosa did not specify or elaborate on the "sustainable sectoral regulatory measures" in his response.
Ramaphosa relaxed lockdown restrictions to Level 2 on Sunday evening.
In response, Steenhuisen urged Ramaphosa to commit to a timetable for lifting all lockdown restrictions and declaring a state of disaster.
In a statement, Steenhuisen stated:
Steenhuisen also mentioned his question, which he asked on August 17, but which remained unanswered at the time. According to Parliament's rules, the executive has 10 days to respond to questions, but an additional 10 days can be requested.
Ramaphosa, according to Steenhuisen, should lay out the criteria his Cabinet requires for the disaster declaration to be lifted, "so that everyone can know whether these are rational and fair decisions."
According to the response, the question was submitted on August 20th, with a due date of September 3rd. The response was released by Parliament on Wednesday, September 15th.
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