Response to COVID-19

Chapter: South Africa | Project range: Local | Year: 2020

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As of 26 June 2020, South Africa has 118375 cases confirmed, 59974 people have recovered, and there have been 2292 deaths.

The South African government has introduced one of the strictest nationwide lockdown measures in the world since 26 March 2020 (which was partially eased from 1 May 2020), and restricted economic activity and the movement of people. In April, the government published the draft Disaster Management Tax Bill, and the draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill, which provide for tax measures in order to assist with alleviating cash flow burdens on tax compliant small to medium sized businesses arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

The UN has criticized South Africa for the use of lethal force by security forces in enforcing lockdown and, due to corruption, there are fears that legislation to stop the spread of false information could be used to restrict legitimate reporting on the virus response or other issues. In addition, in May the government was under pressure from the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) to explain how 37 million rand ($3m; £1,6m) could be spent on a 40km (25 mile) border fence to keep Zimbabweans with coronavirus out.


  1. Monitoring the procurement regulatory framework
  2. Corruption Watch sent a letter to National Treasury expressing their concerns of the lack of transparency regarding the release of different instruction notes relating to emergency procurement under Covid-19. The main concerns are emergency procurements under previous regulations, how the process occurred, what reporting and publication requirements are in place to support the decisions.
  3. Monitoring emergency procurement through available published data online
  4. Online webinar-based training for journalists and CSOs on procurement corruption, data use, open contracting and COVID-19.