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Dlamini-Zuma now changed Ramaphosa’s curfew times says DA

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma re-announced on December 17 measures that did not match what President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his December 14 speech.

President Ramaphosa said in his speech to South Africans that the curfew rule would be extended from 04:00 to 23:00. He further said that the closing times for restaurants, gyms, bars, theaters, and other non-essential businesses are 22:00, so that staff members can be home by 23:00.

Dlamini-Zuma then published measures on 17 December in which it was clear that the evening clock rule would be shortened to 21:00.

Dean Macpherson, the DA’s spokesman for trade and industry, said in a statement on Twitter on Saturday that the amended regulations that appeared in the Government Gazette on December 17 stipulate that all restaurants must close at 21:00, and it appears that the closing time by dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, was “brought forward” (from 22:00 to 21:00).

Mlungisi Mtshali, Dlamini-Zuma’s spokesperson, said on inquiry that the 21:00 closing time in the amended regulations for restaurants refers to the restaurants in Covid-19 hotspots so that people can be home in time for the evening clock rule at 22:00.

The office of Dlamini-Zuma clarified the rules on Monday.

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