- President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the need for unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic
- Speaking during a meeting with opposition parties, Ramaphosa urged citizens to come together in the fight against the virus
- The president says the situation in South Africa is unprecedented in its severity
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to unite against the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking during a media briefing after a meeting with all the nation's political parties, Ramaphosa revealed everyone had unanimously agreed the nation was in an extreme situation, requiring extraordinary measures.
The president said all 14 parties were standing in solidarity to protect the interests of SA and defend the lives of everyone within its borders:
“We are united as the leaders of our country. This is unprecedented. We have not seen something 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.”
The Citizen reports that all parties understood the time has come to display leadership in order to mobilise the nation against the virus.
It was agreed that an immediate and sustained response to the exceptional situation was needed, explained Ramaphosa:
“I was truly humbled by the expressions of support for all the measures from all the political leaders.”
This concreted Ramaphosa's view that South Africa was not helpless and that much could be achieved when it comes to slowing down the spread of the coronavirus:
“We agreed that all political parties must equally bear the responsibility of mobilising and communicating with our people. An effective and popular campaign depends on the provision of regular and accurate information from government that is transparent. That we have agreed to do. We need a heightened personal responsibility from all South Africans.”
Ramaphosa reiterated his earlier call for proper hygiene, social distancing and avoiding large crowds:
“As political parties we will want to work together from the same information sheet. The voices on this issue should cut across the various political parties and be non-partisan. This is an enemy we confront together to make sure we rid our country of coronavirus.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Julius Malemhad warned against immoral profiting from the pandemic and supported the call to stand together as a collective during the crisis.
The EFF leader had warned businesses and the private health sector against attempting to maximise profits amid a national disaster.
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