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National Coronavirus Command Council postpones media briefing on Coronavirus Covid-19 Level 3 Lockdown Regulations

Media briefing on Covid-19 level 3 Lockdown Regulations

27 May 2020

The National Coronavirus Command Council, media briefing on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions scheduled for today, 27 May 2020 at 12h30 and the briefing by the social cluster scheduled for 18h00 have been postponed. Media will be advised on a new date and time in due course.

Tshegofatso Modubu
Cell: 083 276 0786

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Government welcomes the arrest of suspect who peddled fake news

7 April 2020

Government welcomes the arrest of a 55 year old male suspect who circulated a misleading video clip on COVID-19 test kits. He has already appeared before Court in the Western Cape, on Tuesday 07 April.

The suspect has been charged in terms of the Disaster Management Act Regulation 11(5)(c) which prohibits  publishing  information through any medium including social media with the intention to deceive people on government measures to address COVID-19.

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Call for continued respect of the rule of law during COVID-19 lockdown period

5 April 2020

As the country entered into the second week of the lockdown, the National Joint Operational And Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS)  is calling on communities and various organisations to refrain from taking the law into their own hands to enforce Disaster Management Regulations.

The NatJOINTS which comprises of various Government departments, is responsible for the coordination of the Covid-19 operations, including high density policing operations, border control, route security, public health infection containment, etc,.

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Pretoria man nabbed after mocking video goes viral

5 April 2020

A 23-year old man was arrested for allegedly contravening the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act 2002.

On 27 March 2020 little snippets of a video, in which two young men were seen travelling around Pretoria with one of them continuously swearing, mocking efforts to curb the Covid-19 virus and bragging they do not comply with laws put in place to contain the virus, went viral.

In one of the snippets, one man appears to be standing in front of a police station and continued swearing about the virus.

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Media reporting during the lockdown period

26 March 2020

Government’s classification of media work as an essential service during the COVID-19 national state of disaster and lockdown is a measure to ensure South Africans and the international community have access to vital information during this time.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu MP has expressed government’s appreciation for the role media in the country and internationally have played in bringing information to South Africans from all walks of life and geographic locations.

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Government Communication and Information System welcomes Telkom’s zero-rating of essential online government information sources

26 March 2020

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) welcomes the agreement reached between Telkom and the Competition Commission which among other provisions, narrows the digital divide in the country by offering zero rated access to essential on line government services.

Telkom’s offer incudes free public access to the GCIS managed the gateway to government information and services

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Government Communications on fight against gender-based violence

6 March 2020

Interim Steering Committee on GBVF Committed to the accountable fight against gender-based violence

The Interim Steering Committee on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) has noted the concern expressed by the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities at what the portfolio committee perceives as a lack of accountability to Parliament by the interim steering committee.

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