Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has said nothing could have prepared the country for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dlamini-Zuma said the pandemic was not only a health crisis, but was also causing economic havoc.
"We have not seen the depression of the economy like this since the Great Depression. The alarming pace of infections we have seen is a cause for concern. It took us 100 days to get one hundred thousand cases," Dlamini-Zuma said.
In his rebuttal, DA MP Dennis Ryder said the government has lost its credibility.
"The rule of law requires some respect from citizens. Police have been regulated to high school prefects targeting those who are smoking on school grounds. Illicit cigarettes was a problem long before the lockdown came. With the shut down of businesses, little commercial traffic and so the government margins of fuel have fallen. Airport taxes and port taxes have also fallen," Ryder said.