Premier Makhura and Health MEC Dr Masuku met political leaders represented in Legislature to discuss measures to curb the spread of Covid-19
Today, 19 March 2020, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Health MEC, Dr. Bandile Masuku, met with leaders of all political parties represented in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to brief them on measures being implemented by the Gauteng Provincial Government and municipalities in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Gauteng.
All the six political parties represented in the legislature – ANC, DA, EFF, FF+, ACDP and IFP - attended the meeting and were represented by their respective leaders.
The political parties commended the Premier for convening the meeting, and further welcomed the measures being implemented by the Gauteng Province as a Provincial Response Plan to the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 15th March 2020.
The parties agree with the provincial government that the Gauteng Province is particularly vulnerable to the outbreak of COVID-19 due to several factors, such as the fact that Gauteng is a port of entry for air travel (aviation), Tshwane is the host of one of the largest diplomatic communities in the world, the province is the economic hub of the SADC region, the high population density and the dense nature of human settlements, as well as mass public transport systems that move millions of people on a daily basis.
All political parties support the measures introduced by government and further committed to mobilise their constituencies and society to adhere to all measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the parties made further proposals that will be considered by the Provincial Command Council chaired by the Premier.
The parties appreciate that the governments response to COVID-19 must always be informed by the knowledge and expertise of our scientific community and public health professionals.
The parties also urged the Speaker of the Legislature, Hon. Ntombi Mekgwe, who was later requested to join the meeting, to ensure that the Gauteng Provincial Legislature is part of the comprehensive response.
The Speaker briefed the Premier and the Leaders of the parties that the only sitting of the Legislature is for passing of the budget on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. After this, the legislature will scale down its operations.
Tomorrow, the premier will meet with leaders of the faith-based sector and business, respectively.
Issued by Gauteng Provincial Government
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