Ramaphosa terminates national State of Disaster
'These conditions no longer require that we remain in a national state of disaster,' says Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the media outside the Home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on 27 December 2021 in Cape Town. Picture: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday following the last “family meeting”, which took place on 22 March.
During the live proceedings, the president said the country’s State of Disaster was “necessary” to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“While the pandemic is not over and while the virus remains among us these conditions no longer require that we remain in a national State of Disaster,” he said.
Ramaphosa indicated that the pandemic will be managed in terms of the National Health Act hence the decision to end the State of Disaster.
“Cabinet has decided to terminate the national State of Disaster with effect from midnight tonight,” the president added.
Government has repeatedly been criticised for extending the State of Disaster without parliamentary oversight.
Ramaphosa first declared the State of Disaster in March 2020. Therefore, South Africa has been in lockdown for at least 738 days as of 4 April.
South Africa currently has a total of 3,723,639 cases to date with 685 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).
Two Covid related deaths were reported, with the total number currently standing at 100,052.
Just over 33 million vaccines having been administered across the country as of 3 April.