South Africa’s on lockdown, but praise rings out to Cyril Ramaphosa

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South Africa will be placed on lockdown from midnight on Thursday 26 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in an address on Monday evening.

Ramaphosa announced that South Africans will no longer be allowed to leave their homes unless absolutely required in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.

A number of key personnel will also only be allowed out and about, including doctors, those seeking medical care, and law enforcement.

Businesses that can’t operate online will also be forced to close.

While the country had to wait for today’s address, many have heralded it as one of the high points in Ramaphosa’s presidency.

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Feature image: President Cyril Ramaphosa by ITU Pictures via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Andy Walker, former editor


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