CAPE TOWN – The National State of Disaster which was due to end this month has been extended to July 4, Minister of Co-operative governance Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced on Thursday.
The extension was gazetted on Wednesday.
A state of disaster automatically lapses three months after its declaration, unless it is renewed before then. The Covid-19 state of disaster will lapse on June 15. Both states of disaster give the government the power to rule by decree, making rules as it sees fit and putting them into immediate operation, without the need for approval by Parliament or the normal consultation processes required around the policy.
South Africa declared a national state of disaster in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic which was fast crippling the country and global community.
To date, 37 525 infections have been recorded with 792 deaths registered.
The national state of disaster also came with lockdown regulations which have since been eased to level 3.
A national state of disaster allows the government in assisting to:
- “assisting or protecting” the public
- providing relief
- protecting property
- fighting disruption
- deal with “the destructive or other effects” of the disaster.
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