President Cyril Ramaphosa downplayed rumours of a tightened Covid-19 lockdown during Tuesday’s National Council of Provinces presidential Q&A. Watch this space next week – yet another presidential Covid-19 address to the nation is loading.

The parliamentary Covid-19 tender corruption question in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) presidential Q&A wobbled slightly when DA delegate Tim Brauteseth asked about persistent rumours of an impending harder lockdown.

This unfolded as down the parliamentary corridor the National Assembly debated Covid-19 tender corruption. And in terms of the rules, President Cyril Ramaphosa could have ignored the DA’s question as it was not strictly related to what was officially before him.

But Ramaphosa answered.

“I received a report today [Tuesday]. I want to look at that report very closely and have the opportunity in the coming days, next week, of being able to address the people of South Africa about what we now need to do…

“I don’t want to be alarmist. I don’t want our people to be alarmed by rumours of going to Level 3. That is simply not true… If it ever gets there I will be the one to advise the nation where we are and where we are going to….