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South Africa introduces new covid-19 restrictions, as Mandela’s daughter dies at 59

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The government of South Africa has extended measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 including another ban on alcohol sales, as the number of cases in the country continue to rise.

President Cyril Ramaphosa who revealed this in a statement on Sunday said that the alcohol ban – South Africa’s second this year – would take pressure off the national healthcare system.

He also informed that starting from Monday, a curfew will be reimposed between 9pm (7pm GMT) to 4am (2am GMT), adding that wearing a mask is now mandatory in all workplaces, vehicles and common closed areas.

Ramaphosa acknowledged “most” people had taken action to help prevent the spread, but he said there were still some who acted “without any responsibility to respect and protect each other”.

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“There are a number of people who have taken to organising parties, who have drinking sprees, and some who walk around crowded spaces without wearing masks,” said the president.

In other news, Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, public broadcaster SABC has reported.

Zindzi (Nelson Mandela’s sixth child and his second with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela) reportedly died in Johannesburg on Monday morning aged 59.

The death has been confirmed by a family source, SABC reports.

She was the South African ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death. The cause of her death was not immediately revealed.

“The 59-year-old daughter of former president Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away at a Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of this morning,” said SABC.

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