You can watch the President's address below.
BLOG: Public schools closed for a month (with exceptions), SIU to focus on corruption
At 8pm on Thursday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the country on developments of the risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.
Every instance of alleged corruption must be thoroughly investigated. In order to speed up the process of dealing with corruption, the president signed a proclamation authorising the SIU to immediately investigate any alleged misuse of COVID-19 funds in any state institution. It is then obliged to report this to the NPA.
In the United States, which has the highest number of cases in the world with 3.91 million infections, President Donald Trump warned that it would probably get worse before it got better.
A tweet posted by government yesterday caused a lot of distress for many already frustrated South Africans. The tweet said that the ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes will remain in place throughout the lockdown period, in order to save lives.
While government backtracked, saying the tweet was a mistake, the price of pineapples has risen dramatically with reported increases of up to 150% since the reinstatement of the ban on alcohol sales, as South Africans once again resort to home brews.
You can read more about the tweet situation in this article.
While we wait, you can catch up via the blog below on what the president said when he last addressed the country, which was only on 12 July 2020.
Sale, purchase of alcohol suspended with immediate effect - Ramaphosa