Traditional leaders urged to enforce Covid-19 regulations in rural areas

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People coming into Eastern Cape villages from other provinces are allegedly failing to comply with government’s strict rules of keeping indoors and maintaining social distancing.

These concerns were recently brought to the attention of co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha. It emerged that people were choosing to enjoy themselves in public instead.

Nqatha has since called on traditional leaders to take the lead and enforce the regulations.

The MEC said staying at home, avoiding public places and social activities was the best defence against the virus. He said traditional leaders should ensure that cultural activities are suspended. “Funeral services should not exceed two hours and people should keep a social distance from one another and wash their hands regularly.

“No  permission should be granted for social and sporting activities including for initiation. Our primary responsibility is to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Nqatha said.




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