President Cyril Ramaphosa, responding to a groundswell of criticism that has soured the national mood as South Africa hits almost 50 days of lockdown, acknowledged shortcomings by his government and promised amends. In addition, the lockdown will be loosened by the end of May with a more immediate opening of exercise and e-commerce
While Ramaphosa has faced criticism from most leading commentators, a University of Johannesburg/HSRC report published on April 20 found that 73% of those polled believed he was doing a good job. (The police approval rate was 43% and local councillors scored only 25%).
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