President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised law enforcement will be ruthless against individuals who see the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to make profits and be corrupt.
He made this promise as he announced a 21-day lockdown, starting on Thursday, which included several announcements of big amount of money pledged to mitigate with the spread of Covid-19.
He furthermore added that the department of tourism will set aside R200m to assist those in the sector who have been the hardest hit by the virus. The department of small business development has already set aside R500m to assist small and medium-sized businesses.
“Department of tourism will set aside R200m to assists those sectors imposed into danger by outbreak and R500m to assist small and medium businesses,” he said.
Ramaphosa indicated this was the time for all to act in the best interests of the country.
“We expect all South Africans to act in the interest of the South African nation and not in their own selfish interest,” said Ramaphosa.
They will act very strongly against any attempts at corruption and profiteering of this crisis. Special units of the NPA will be put together to move immediately and act against those we find evidence of corruption.
The president said the unity of purpose is what would help the country to defeat the scourge of Covid-19.
“Call on all of us to play our part and our role, to be courageous, be patient and show solidarity and compassion on one another,” he said. “We are a nation of one and we are surely going to prevail. May God protect our people,” said Ramaphosa.