Citizen Reporter
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21 Mar 2020
5:18 pm

Ramaphosa is not addressing the nation and announcing a lockdown tonight – Khusela Diko

Citizen Reporter

Diko says the president will give an update to the nation at a time to be decided.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation following a special cabinet meeting on matters relating to the coronavirus epidemic, mass celebrations, will be cancelled and schools will be closed until after Easter, 15 March 2020. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko has dismissed the “fake news” that the president will on Saturday night address “the nation” and announce “a lockdown” in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The national command council will meet in a scheduled meeting tomorrow to assess the implementation of the directives announced by the president last Sunday.

“The Council will further consider recommendations on economic relief measures to mitigate against the impact of [the coronavirus],” Diko tweeted on Saturday.

She added that at the conclusion of the meeting the president would address the “nation at a time to be decided at the conclusion of the meeting”.

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(Compiled by Makhosandile Zulu)

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