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No presidential address tonight, says govt amid Level 5 fears

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Cabinet has confirmed that a message circulating on social media about the president addressing the country and perhaps taking us back to lockdown Level 5 – is fake

President Cyril Ramaphosa. File picture: Elmond Jiyane

THE PRESIDENCY has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be addressing the nation tonight.

This after a message went viral on social media at the weekend claiming that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) was set to meet and the country would be returned to Level 5 of the national lockdown by midnight tonight.

According to the message, “Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu confirmed that members of the NCCC were recalled from leave to address the concerns as cases of Covid-19 continue to soar by the day. It is expected that stricter regulations will be discussed. Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale says the meeting will be taking place this afternoon but could not confirm when President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on an update.”

The fake message claimed that Ramaphosa will take South Africa to Level 5 of the lockdown for a period of seven days.

Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said the message was fake and there was no planned meeting.

Ramaphosa addressed the country last week when he moved South Africa to an adjusted Level 3 lockdown. He also extended the state of disaster to January 15.

Meanwhile, according to the latest from the Department of Health, South Africa has a cumulative count of 1,100,748 Covid-19 cases with 29,577 deaths and 903,679 recoveries.