- Julius Malema has issued a warning to the private healthcare sector over the coronavirus
- The EFF leader says hospitals must co-operate or face being 'nationalised' during the outbreak
- This comes after opposition parties met with President Cyril Ramaphosa over the crisis
Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema has warned the private health sector to play its part in combating the coronavirus.
The Citizen reports that Malema had made it clear the situation wasn't an opportunity to cash in on a national disaster:
“We don’t want to see anyone taking advantage during this disaster to steal from the poorest of the poor.”
The Red Beret boss gave President Cyril Ramaphosa his support during a meeting with opposition parties over the current crisis, calling on businesses to avoid attempting to boost profits.
Malema insists that the only way for hospitals to avoid being 'nationalised' during the outbreak was if they cooperated and gave the government the support it needed.
In other words, treat citizens infected with the virus, or possibly infected, whether they have the funds to pay or not.
In addition to hospitals, Malema called out businesses selling vital products like hand sanitiser and masks at high rates, urging them against profiting off the panic.
The EFF leader also asked people to practice social distancing in light of the ban on large public gatherings:
“If you are not a close relative or friend, avoid going to funerals. We call on church leaders not to allow more than 100 people in churches. We are calling on our church leaders to work together to reduce the spread of this virus. Unity of purpose is necessary.”
This message was in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa's, with the nation's leader calling for unity:
“We are united as the leaders of our country. This is unprecedented. We have not seen anything as serious as this confronting our nation. We share a common desire to keep our people safe and mitigate the disruption to our economy and the lives and livelihoods of our people.”
Briefly.co.za reported that the cases of the virus in South Africa have officially reached triple digits with 116 confirmed by the Department of Health on Wednesday.
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