The ANC is accused of attempting to use the COVID-19 crisis to muscle in on the DA-led Western Cape.
The Sunday Times reports that among the deployed ministers, whose duties in the Western Cape have not been spelt out in detail, are lockdown big-hitters police minister Bheki Cele and trade, industry & competition minister Ebrahim Patel.
“It seems there is a coup d’etat from national to administratively start taking over certain aspects of the Western Cape by neutralising the provincial government,” a senior official within the provincial government told the Sunday Times.
As of yesterday, the Western Cape remains a hotspot for coronavirus cases in South Africa, with 30, 379 cases of COVID-19.
The health ministry confirmed on Saturday night that South Africa’s number of COVID-19 cases had climbed to 45,973.
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