WATCH: Steenhuisen, Malema call for joint efforts amid COVID-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa says it's vital for South Africans to work together. This as the number of COVID-19 cases rises to 116. Ramaphosa was briefing leaders of political parties at Tynhuis earlier. Courtesy #DStv403

PARLIAMENT - President Cyril Ramaphosa has met with opposition party leaders to discuss the national response to COVID-19.

Currently, South Africa has 116 confirmed cases.

Ramaphosa says the virus is a serious threat and requires working together.

READ: South Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 116

“If we act now, and if we act together, we can change the course of this epidemic, and ensure that our country emerges from this ordeal more united, more determined and more able to build the South Africa we want,” said Ramaphosa.

Democratic Alliance's interim leader John Steenhuisen appealed to business to get involved and called for calm.

“We can beat this virus but it's gonna require all of us to be calm but deliberative in our approach. We need to stop the panic buying and most importantly stop the fake news,” said Steenhuisen.

Meanwhile, EFF leader, Julius Malema called on South African adhere to the government's recommendations.

“We call upon all business people who are dealing with gloves, saniters, mask not to try and maximise profit. We also call upon private hospitals...” said Malema.

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