South Africa’s Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has extended the national state of disaster by 30 more days.

The announcement to extend the national state of disaster was made on Thursday by the Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu at a press conference.

According to the Disaster Management Act, 2002, under section 27(1) and Section 27(2), a national state of disaster that has been declared lapses three months after it has been declared which means the current that was declared by Dlamini-Zuma on 15 March was supposed to expire on the 15th of June.

What does the Extension Mean?

The extension of the National State of Disaster means that instead of ending on 15 June, it now ends on 15 July. According to the Act, a national state of disaster may be extended by the Minister by notice in the Gazette for one month at a time before it lapses.

According to experts, the current lockdown regulations rely on the State of Disaster which means that they need the State of Disaster to keep running so as to ensure that lockdown restrictions are still valid.

Due to the fact that the lockdown restrictions will keep running for as long as the national state of disaster is still in place, it is likely to be extended monthly as long as the Dlamini-Zuma sees it necessary to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

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