This is not football…
But given the uncertain times we are in because of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, Soccer Laduma has a responsibility to keep the Soccer Laduma family updated on the latest news on the virus, and how it’s affecting Mzansi.
Here are the four biggest stories on News24 related to the COVID-19 pandemic as Mzansi nears gets to the midway point of the first week of the nationwide 21-day lockdown:
Easter road death toll released in COVID-19 context
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said that the statistics for Easter weekend road deaths are being released in the context of the Coronavirus. There was a reduction of vehicle movement on the roads. It is estimated to be a 70% reduction.
11 drunken drivers were arrested (807 in 2019). One driver arrested for speeding (192 in 2019).
184 vehicles were stopped and ordered to travel home. A total of 26 fatal crashes, with 28 fatalities over this Easter weekend.
No eviction during lockdown – Government
The official Twitter account for the South African government has sent out a post this morning stating that no person may be evicted from their place of residence, whether formal or informal, during the duration of the lockdown.
Cele has lost the plot, says top cop
Concerns are rising that South Africa will experience a sharp increase in crime and social unrest as desperation over food supplies spills into streets and shops around the country.
According to a senior police official, who briefed News24 over concerns raised during high-level government meetings this week, it was only a matter of time before protests and looting erupted on an unmanageable scale.
The official, who cannot be named as they are not authorised to speak with the media, said a warning over possible increases in social unrest as witnessed in Cape Town this week was given to police management and Police Minister Bheki Cele.
New lockdown rules, more recoveries
The latest number of confirmed cases is 2 605.
There have been 48 deaths recorded so far.
According to latest data from the department of health, there have been 903 recoveries.
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says some of the measures the government has put in place during the lockdown will remain once it is lifted.
"When we do stop the lockdown, we cannot do it abruptly - that today it's complete lockdown and tomorrow it's open completely. We have to phase in, so that there is an orderly move towards normality," said Dlamini-Zuma.