- The Democratic Alliance is calling for a 'more effective' vaccine rollout programme in South Africa
- The opposition party stated that it was not a good move on the government's part to put the country in Level 2 lockdown
- The DA's spokesperson made the announcement on Sunday evening, shortly after President Cyril Ramaphosa's Nation Address
The Democratic Alliance (DA) believes that the move to adjusted Alert Level 2 is not a good one for South Africa. The opposition party stated that citizens need vaccines and not a strict lockdown, or a lockdown at all.
On the evening of Sunday, 30 May, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that stern measures had to be put in place to curb the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country. The president blamed public complacency in terms of social gatherings and mask-wearing for the spike in coronavirus cases.
The DA, however, wants a stronger and more effective vaccine rollout to fight the spread of Covid-19.
The DA's National Spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube stated that the president's announcement of an adjusted Alert Level 2 is no surprise. Gwarube stated that the reality is that the announcement and move were inevitable, given the 'sluggish' rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Gwarube stated that as of Friday, 28 May, the government vaccinated less than one million citizens; meaning the target of achieving herd immunity by the end of 2021 is 'unattaibale', according to a report by The South African.
Reports by SABC News stated that Garube also made mention of the allegations of corruption against Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.
Previously, Briefly News reported that Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening. He started his address reminding South Africans that it had been a while since he had addressed the nation on Covid-19.
He said that Covid-19 infections have increased over the past week. As a result, South Africa will be moving to an adjusted Level 2.
Briefly News takes a look at the new restrictions, vaccination updates and increased infections announced by the President. Click here to read more.
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