The African National Congress extends its deepest condolences to families of the two people reported to have passed on due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The National Department of Health has issued an update this morning, Friday 27 March 2020, confirming the two deaths which have occured in the Western Cape province.

While government will be giving regular updates on the latest developments around COVID-19, the harsh reality is that the infection rate is escalating possibly placing more lives in danger.

This makes it critically important for all South Africans to abide by government measures to curb the spread, including adhering to all conditions set-out for the 21 day national Lockdown period. Most importantly people must only leave their homes when it’s necessary and critically important to do so. We urge South Africans to take all precautionary measures to defend each other and protect one another against the deadly Coronavirus. Let’s do it together.

Law enforcement officers supported by the Army must continue to act without haste to arrest and bring to book those who continue to dispense and consume alcohol at public places or even leaving their places of residence without any valid reason. We must act together to protect lives therefore any reckless conduct during this difficult period facing both our country and the entire globe can’t and must not be tolerated.
The COVID19 outbreak calls for a complete change of behavior.

We must all support interventions and directives pronounced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in order to disrupt and break the chain of infections.

We are all required to play our role by being more responsible and follow all measures that have been laid down by the government.

The best patriotic gesture we can all display during this difficult period is to strictly adhere to this guidelines:

-Washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.

-Covering your mouth with your bent elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.

-Keeping a safe distance between yourself and the person who is coughing or sneezing.

-Making sure that our homes and workplaces are clean and hygienic.

-Seeking medical attention, without delay, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

-Avoid large gatherings

South Africans must, once again, come together despite the racial divide, gender or social standing and demonstrate the true power of unity when confronted with a common enemy.

Let us work together in protecting ourselves and defending each other against the COVID-19 monster.



Pule Mabe
National Spokesperson
071 623 4975

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