Cabinet has revealed plans that could see the National State Of Disaster end by as early as next week. This would bring it to an end after more than two years.
On Tuesday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma addressed members of the media on the latest developments. She did caution that the government could not be reckless and abrupt in the transition.
Dlamini Zuma explained that even if the State of Disaster were to be lifted, some regulations would need to remain in place.
She said, “So we publish these regulations for comments for 48 hours starting today and then we'll analyse what they say. Then the President will announce the end of the National State of Disaster, which will be before the 15th, depending on the comments”.
Professor Benjamin Smart from the Institute for the Future of Knowledge believes that the government is on the right track. This, as some restrictions will remain, they will not be reliant on the country being in a state of disaster.
Smart explained, “A lot of the current regulations can continue outside of the state of disaster within existing legislation. Things that would not be able to continue or at least be re-implemented would be things like restrictions on movements [and] curfews”.
“Ultimately I think the president has taken on board the sort of widespread criticism that came from public health professionals over the last few weeks when the continued state of disaster was announced and appreciated the importance of moving away from this,” concluded Smart.