Our frequent reminder that this global pandemic is still making our lives a misery has been delivered by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – who was left with few other options but to extend the State of Disaster regulations into the middle of next month.
STATE OF DISASTER LAWS EXTENDED: HOW LONG WILL LOCKDOWN LAST?
South Africa is teetering on the brink of a third wave – with some locations already in the grip of a resurging virus. This would be the worst possible time to throw the towel in, and instead of expiring this Saturday, the State of Disaster laws will now be in place until Tuesday 15 June 2021. But don’t start chucking your masks away on that date…
Unless there’s an unforeseen change to COVID-19’s status as a serious health risk, the legislation will roll over again on that date. The rules have to be refreshed and reimplemented every four-to-five weeks. Cabinet confirmed in a statement:
“Cabinet has approved the extension of the National State of Disaster on COVID-19 until Tuesday 15 June 2021. The extension considers the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to mitigate against the impact of the disaster on lives and livelihoods.” | Cabinet Statement
DLAMINI-ZUMA ‘WARY’ OF RAPID RISE IN NEW INFECTIONS
For those of you who love your legal jargon, you’ll be pleased to hear that the extension has been approved in terms of Section 27(5)(c) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act 57 of 2002). Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as head of COGTA, gave final approval to prolonging our lockdown laws – warning that the war on COVID-19 ‘has not yet been won’.
“The war has not been won. There is an ever-present danger that the rate of infection may rapidly increase. Even as we rollout the mass vaccination programme, vulnerabilities are high particularly amongst the young. More than ever before we must adhere to the protocols of masking, washing hands, sanitizing, and maintaining a social distance.”