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Making headlines: South Africa moved to Level 1 as government set to introduce vaccine certificates; SA records 1 678 new cases; And, Mangosuthu Buthelezi says SA became 'collateral damage' of ANC's internal war
South Africa moved to Level 1 as government set to introduce vaccine certificates
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday evening the country will move to adjusted Level 1 lockdown, starting at midnight.
He also said the government would also be implementing a vaccine certificate.
Ramaphosa said a number of the restrictions in place can be eased, as per the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19.
The curfew will be from 00:00 to 04:00. Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 23:00 to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew.
The maximum number of people permitted at a funeral will increase from 50 to 100. As before, night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and after tears gatherings are not allowed.
SA records 1 678 new cases
The country identified 1 678 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday as it moves to adjusted Alert Level 1.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, 1 678 new cases have been identified, which brought the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to more than 2.9-million.
A further 101 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported, bringing the total fatalities to 87 626 to date.
Hospital admissions have increased by 128 in the past 24 hours.
And, Mangosuthu Buthelezi says SA became 'collateral damage' of ANC's internal war
Inkatha Freedom Party founder Mangosuthu Buthelezi heavily criticised the African National Congress during his party's manifesto launch, saying the civil unrest in July was the collateral damage of an internal war in the ruling party.
He said South Africa was dragged into the ANC’s internal political war, and evryone became collateral damage.
IFP president Velenkosi Hlabisa launched the party's manifesto, announcing intentions aimed at curbing corruption, creating jobs, better policing and water and food security.
Buthelezi said he was pained that the ANC, "the very people he fought for", were the same ones bringing the country to its knees.
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