President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the issues on schools closing and corruption

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the state on public schools closing for a month and therefore the management of the resources that government has dedicated towards the fight against COVID-19.

Ramaphosa announced that each one public schools will close for up to a month, thanks to the increase in COVID-19 infections.

After the consultations he had with various stakeholders, he made the announcement.

He also added that the varsity year are going to be extended beyond December.

Here may be a summary of Ramaphosa’s announcements:

ON THE CLOSURE of faculties

• All public schools should take an opportunity for subsequent four weeks.

• Schools are going to be closed from 27 July and can re-open on 24 August.

• Grade 12 learners and teachers will only take a one-week break, returning to high school on 3 August.

• Grade 7 learners will take a two-week break, returning to high school on 10 August.

• Specific arrangements are going to be made for various categories of special schools.

• the present school year are going to be extended beyond the top of 2020.

• The National School Nutrition Programme will still operate in order that all learners or their parents can collect food directly from schools.

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The president also said that those guilty of embezzling COVID-19 funds are going to be prosecuted.

ON CORRUPTION associated with COVID-19 FUNDS

• An investigations centre has been found out to probe all alleged corruption associated with COVID-19 funds.

• Ramaphosa says different arms of the state will work together on the investigations.

• The Auditor-General has also adopted special measures to safeguard funds committed to the fight against COVID-19.

• Special audits are undertaken to detect and stop misuse of those funds and to spot risks within the system.

• Investigations into the distribution of food parcels, social relief grants, the procurement of private protective equipment and other medical supplies, and therefore the UIF special COVID-19 scheme have already begun.

• a minimum of 36 cases are currently at various stages of investigation and prosecution.

• Ramaphosa also signed a special proclamation empowering the Special Investigating Unit to probe any contract or tender implicated in COVID-19 corruption.

• to make sure that action is taken speedily, Ramaphosa are going to be getting interim reports on investigations every six weeks.

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