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Covid-19: Stop panic buying, urges Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to stop panic buying in the wake of the coronavirus.

The meeting was part of the series of consultations that the president is undertaking with leaders across various sectors of the society to ensure that the national efforts to combat and contain the virus is inclusive and gets the support of all stakeholder groups.

There have been 116 cases reported on the virus and the government said it would continue to deal with the matter.

However, Ramaphosa said he also welcomed the support of all 14 parties in Parliament to work with the government.

“We all agreed that there must be continued communication by the government, we must be transparent and there must be continued communication with our people,” said Ramaphosa.

He said panic buying must come to a stop.

EFF leader Julius Malema warned shop owners and businesses who increase prices of their products as panic buying sets in.

Malema said businesses that sell gloves and masks must be punished. He said that should come to a stop. 

DA interim leader John Steenhuisen urged businesses and the private sector to come to the party and support government efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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