Lockdown not a holiday: Zikalala warns civil servants

A national lockdown should not be interpreted as a holiday or leave. Courtesy #DStv403

DURBAN - A national lockdown should not be interpreted as a holiday or leave, that's the word from KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala to civil servants.

The provincial executive has held a special cabinet meeting, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Zikalala says his administration is ready to enforce the lockdown announced by the president.

“We’ve got soldiers now, we’ve got police and we believe that through education, people will not need to be monitored. But where there’s a need to monitor and to enforce we will be able to do so. Irrespective of whether one is in a rural area, we will ensure that all people are respecting," Zikalala said.

"Those who are not respecting the directives we will have to ensure that there are subjected to serious actions.”

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Zikalala has also issued this strong warning to civil servants.

“This is not a leave or a holiday. It’s a state of disaster and should be understood as such," he said.

"Therefore, there will be constant communication between the senior management at work and those that will be at home accountability and everything.”

With cases of coronavirus increasing daily in the country, some health workers in the province have voiced concern about the mask shortages.

Authorities say there is sufficient food supply in the province, panic buying and price hikes are not necessary.

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