Hein Kaiser
3 minute read
6 Dec 2021
5:15 am

Lockdown dilemma for Cyril as SA battles Omicron variant

Hein Kaiser

It is understood likely action before the festive season may include restrictions of movement of unvaccinated individuals between provinces.

President Cyril Ramaphosa can be seen on the steps of Parliament ahead of his 2020 State of The Nation Address, 13 February 2020, Cape Town. Picture: Jacques Nelles

On the eve of the festive season, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on his return from Ghana on Wednesday. This as Covid infections rose by more than 630% since early last month’s 277 daily lows to more than 16,300 daily infections this weekend. It is expected that the president will call a “family meeting” next week ahead of the run of public holidays. But the president’s hands may be tied as he presides over a broken economy. Medicare24’s chief executive Mike van Wyk forecasts that South Africa should top 20,000...