A visibly emotional Cyril Ramaphosa wore his heart on his sleeve on Monday evening, after he pleaded with the nation to comply with COVID-19 health protocols. His address, which confirmed that South Africa would be placed under Level 3 restrictions until at least 15 January 2021, seemingly put the head of state on the verge of tears.
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Ramaphosa lamented the ‘complacency’ that has helped drive the latest strain of COVID-19. He placed the blame on rising infections at the feet of super-spreader parties, people not wearing masks, and a string of large gatherings. The president reacted to the immense pressure that’s now being placed on hospitals by pulling alcohol from the shelves again.
SA’s third booze ban of lockdown is also supported by a longer curfew, a complete ban on gatherings, and the closure of all beaches in hot-spot areas. Seemingly, the weight of these restrictions took its toll on President Ramaphosa.
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Ramaphosa appears to have tears in his eyes as he nears the end of this address and exhorts South Africans "to all play our part" after a "horrible year".— Joseph Cotterill (@jsphctrl) December 28, 2020