South Africa’s COVID-19 cases moves up to 1170 with one death and the other that was pronounced is still under investigation if its from the pandemic to date, 27 March 2020.
The minister of Defense took to the podium to announce that this morning of the 27th of March 2020. Her first sentiments revolved around the deployment of soldiers. Initially we know that 3000 solders were deployed on this support structure to support the South African Police Services when patrolling all selected areas as the country. The 3000 soldiers is a total number deployed but they come in rotation, not once off.
She also clarified the South African National Defense Force uniform that the president was wearing during his address to the SANDF as their commander in chief. She stated that, the uniform did not have any rank that was going to send a wrong message but he was just wearing it as their commander in chief ready yo wok. “The uniform was not formal, so there is no problem with that” she added.
Minister of Transport, Mr Fikile Mbalula emphasized that, public transport is only meant for essential service workers from 05:00 to 09:00 and later at 16:00 until 20:00. He also confirmed that all air transportation.
The minister in the Department of Trade and Industry also clarified that, all retailers including spaza shops should open, however sell only essential goods “this includes food” however they must maintain social distance in those areas.
Minister of Police General Bheki Cele also added on the efforts made to control the crowds. He announced they arrested 55 people on day one of the lockdown. These people are kept in cells throughout the country and they are being sanitized and offered masks in order to control not to spread the virus “if they have it”
The minister in the Presidency concluded by confirming that president Cyril Ramaphosa will not re-test after results of a member of parliament, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe tested positive for the COVID-19. The president’s question came in as they have been together after the reverend was amongst those people that tested positive in the Free State.