At the risk of jumping the gun, could we be going straight to ...


At the risk of jumping the gun, could we be going straight to level 2?

An insider claims Cyril Ramaphosa is under intense pressure to skip level 3 for the sake of the economy

Andisiwe Makinana and Aphiwe Deklerk

President Cyril Ramaphosa is said to have told leaders of opposition parties he was under “great pressure” from business and organised labour to open up the economy and move as quickly as possible to lower levels of the lockdown regulations.

Two political party leaders who were part of the virtual meeting with Ramaphosa on Wednesday said the president informed them of pressure from the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to open up the economy‚ with business leaders having apparently proposed that the country should move directly to level 2 as the economy was taking a huge beating.

“He said there is pressure at Nedlac to move to level 2 and level 3‚ but business was saying you have to open up beyond level 3‚ and unions are also putting pressure to open the economy‚” said an opposition leader who asked not to be named...

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