‘Level 1, without delay’: Ramaphosa told to reopen SA swiftly…

Regional government officials have also asked for South Africa to scrap its State of Disaster laws, once 'a fast move to Level 1' has been confirmed.

‘Level 1, without delay’: Ramaphosa told to reopen SA swiftly…

The Western Cape Government is piling the pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ANC Cabinet. The DA-run province is desperate to move to Level 1 restrictions as soon as possible, citing a positive public response to vaccination, and the region’s plummeting COVID-19 numbers.

‘Level 1, then no more lockdowns’ – Western Cape Govt

What is more, Western Cape officials are adamant that lockdowns must now be viewed as ‘a thing of the past’. In an emailed communication sent out on Thursday, a government representative said that the presence of vaccines should enable a swift transition towards freedom, allowing Mzansi to eventually ditch its State of Disaster laws.

“We support calls for the Western Cape to move to Alert Level 1 without delay. The Premier has indicated that by December, the province aims to have fully vaccinated 70% of residents 50 years and older, and provide at least a single dose to 70% of residents aged 18-49.  If we can do this, the Western Cape will be well on track to open safely”

Ramaphosa ‘under pressure’ to ease restrictions

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Health, Wendy Philander, also made it clear that lockdowns must only serve ‘to prepare health platforms for a surge’. High vaccine uptake significantly reduces pressure on hospitals, and in her view, an imminent move to Level 1 should be supported by an exit from SA’s State of Disaster next month:

“Vaccines are our best defence against Covid-19 and offer the clearest path to a more sustainable, safe world for us all. We need to remember that the main purpose of lockdowns is to prepare health platforms for a surge in demand.”

“We’ve experienced surges, and with each successive wave, the Western Cape remains on track in its efforts to contain the spread and increase the vaccine rollout. We no longer need National Government to use the State of Disaster to issue regulations, especially when our province is well-equipped to manage the pandemic.”

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BLUE LIGHTS: New SAPS concept boosts police visibility

The SAPS is launching a new blue lights concept that will raise visibility to fight violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery.

BLUE LIGHTS: New SAPS concept boosts police visibility

The South African Police Service(SAPS) will launch a new ‘Country in Blue’ blue lights operational concept to heighten police visibility across the country this weekend.

According to a statement released by the KZN SAPS on Thursday the concept is being launched in Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal  under the theme “extending our reach through blue light visibility”.

“The Country in Blue Operational Concept will see all operational SAPS vehicle’s being driven by members of the SAPS with the emergency warning blue lights switched on  in order to enhance and heighten police visibility from sunset to sunrise (between 6pm and 6am).

“This concept aims to prevent and combat a host of crimes which include all 17 community reported crimes. These include GBVF, aggravated robberies such as carjacking,  business and residential robberies commonly known as trio crimes as well as tracing of wanted suspects and the proliferation of firearms,” the SAPS said.

The leadership of the Ministry of Police and the SAPS will lead the launch of the new operational blue lights concept in Inanda. The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Cassel Mathale and the National Commissioner of SAPS, General Khehla Sitole are expected to attend the event on Saturday 25 September.

When Cele, who announced the 2021 first quarter crime statistics in August he said that it was important to contextualise the data, which showed a 60,6% spike in contact crimes, including murder and attempted murder, compared to the low-crime, level 5 lockdown period in the first quarter of 2020. A more realistic comparison showed that murders had spiked by 6,7% compared to the same period in 2019, Cele said.

“It is important for us to give this particular context and adequate explanation upfront, to mitigate the shock and fears that may arise at this juncture. Equally the lockdown crime trends and figures should not be thrown into the political battlefield for poor political point scoring but instead this should begin to properly define the impact of the pandemic,” Cele said. 

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