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CORONAVIRUS DAILY DIGEST #130

Ramaphosa writes to ANC amid Covid-19 corruption, journalists receive award for pandemic reporting, and a spark of hope for Gauteng

Ramaphosa writes to ANC amid Covid-19 corruption, journalists receive award for pandemic reporting, and a spark of hope for Gauteng
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Over the weekend, all journalists who have reported on the Covid-19 pandemic were honoured with a prestigious award by the South African National Editors’ Forum. Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has written to ANC members about a plan to tackle corruption as allegations of Covid-19 malfeasance mount. And Gauteng finally received some hopeful news.

Amid the recent unearthing of Covid-19 corruption, President Cyril Ramaphosa has written a letter to ANC members asking for their help to root out the graft and make this a turning point for the party. He wrote that the country’s “anger and disillusionment” with this is justified and that the corruption is an “unforgivable betrayal”. He gave a detailed plan of action for the way forward. As Carien du Plessis writes, this may be the moment which shows that the party is facing a battle within itself too. In addition, as Stephen Grootes writes, this may mark the end of Ramaphosa’s time of governing by consensus.

End of Cyril Ramaphosa ‘The Consensus Man’?

On Saturday, all journalists who have been reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic received a coveted award – the Nat Nakasa Award. The South African National Editors’ Forum made the announcement alongside the release of a documentary commissioned to show the crucial role journalists play in society – pandemic or not. Watch the documentary below.

 

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Late on Friday, Gauteng received some good news – there has been a significant drop in Covid-19 infections in the province. The average daily infection rate has dropped from a high of 7,000 to just over 3,000. In addition, testing has not declined and hospitalisation has dropped. About 78% of special needs schools have reopened, while 99% of regular schools have reopened. As Zukiswa Pikoli writes, investigations into allegations of corruption in the health department will continue for the next 60 days. DM/MC

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