Why President Ramaphosa is not addressing South Africa about the Coronavirus
In a parliamentary presentation, acting minister of communications Jackson Mthembu acknowledged that while other countries’ presidents communicate with their citizens at regular intervals, Ramaphosa communicates to the public less frequently.
The Department of Communication and the Government Communication Information Services have outlined their communication strategies around the coronavirus in South Africa and providing accurate information.
“Other presidents may appear in public at regular intervals, but ours speaks to us when it is necessary – when he gives broad guidelines; when there are major announcements to be made that govern various regulations that are expected in various levels of lockdown,” he said.
On Monday (11 May), Ramaphosa said that South Africa will focus on ramping up screening, testing, and its case management program, as it enters its peak period of combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
Writing in his weekly letter to the public, the president said that while there is still much about the pandemic that is unknown, “experts now agree that the virus will remain a threat to global public health for some time. We must, therefore, be prepared to continue to live with the coronavirus among us for a year or even more,” he said.
Ramaphosa acknowledged that people have become frustrated with the curtailment of their personal freedom.
“At the same time, health experts around the globe are warning of a ‘second wave’ of infections as public life resumes. A number of countries including Germany, Iran and China have seen a rise in new infections since they relaxed certain restrictions.