The Minister of Cooperative Government, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in a speech on Tuesday morning in the National Council of Provinces, elaborated on what it feels like to face 90 court cases about the seclusion period.
“The court cases are really quite a challenge. Some people think we open the economy too slowly, some think we do it too fast, and some think everything we do is unconstitutional. Some cases have been withdrawn, some have been settled out of court and some court cases are still ongoing.
“We learn a lot from the court cases, especially because we try to be flexible and listen to the population. This is also why we readily adapt the regulations – we learn a lot from the public’s objections, ”Dlamini-Zuma said.
She emphasized that the strict isolation period was essential because it extended the doubling period of the country’s virus cases from three days to 17 days.
“It’s not that the government has only made its own decisions. We listened to the people. ” Dlamini-Zuma admitted that mistakes had been made, but stressed that this was also the first time the government had to deal with such a thing.
“Our regulations have changed and have been amended to meet the challenges we face.”
Dlamini-Zuma thanked South Africans for their sacrifices during the secession period, and gave assurances that the government wanted to return to normal as soon as possible, but that the time for it was not currently available.
The two social events that concern Dlamini-Zuma the most are funerals and taxi rides, because research shows that’s where the virus is most easily transmitted.