The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) notes the announcements by President Cyril Ramaphosa relating to the further relaxation of the current Adjusted Lockdown Level 1 restrictions.
We are clearly at the tail-end of the national lockdown, and are now in a transitional period, which will require each of us to put our own resolve to the test and find a way to successfully navigate the ‘new normal’.
We are pleased to hear that all the proposed changes are based on both the advice of scientists and experts, as well as the experiences of other countries that have lifted all restrictions. It is also reassuring that the President consulted widely, from religious leaders, to sporting bodies to our traditional leaders, when planning for this new phase in South Africa’s management of the pandemic.
As the IFP, we will be studying the draft health regulations, and call on the public at large to do the same. We will further be submitting detailed comments before the 16 April 2022 deadline.
We ask that our fellow South Africans continue to respect the few remaining restrictions – such as the wearing of masks in indoor spaces and on public transport, as well as the new 200-person limit on funerals, and the reduced social distancing limit of one metre.
As ever, the health and safety of our people is our primary concern, and the IFP will continue to support decisions based on scientific evidence, and that are geared towards boosting our economy.
Hon. Mkhuleko Hlengwa, MP
IFP National Spokesperson
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