- The EFF has released a statement noting with horror that children can still be seen in South African malls
- The party condemned individuals not taking the call to self-isolate seriously amid the coronavirus pandemic
- This comes as the total number of infections rose to 202 on Friday
The Economic Freedom Fighters have issued a statement condemning the response, or rather the lack thereof, to the coronavirus when it comes to citizens.
In the statement, the Red Berets voiced concerns that it seemed as if people were not taking the situation seriously:
"The EFF notes with great concern, that people continue to visit malls with children as if we are not under a health threat from the coronavirus. This conduct undermines our collective efforts in the fight against coronavirus, and renders us all weak in this fight against the national and world crisis. Essentially, those who continue to visit malls have become their own enemies and enemies of us all."
The EFF slammed those who are ignoring the calls to practise social distancing and avoiding public areas where possible:
"It is extremely reckless and inconsiderate to visit malls and to behave as if the nation is not facing a crisis that requires us all to self-isolate. It is crucial that all of us observe social distancing and as per the direction of the government. We urge everyone to observe the restrictions and advisements by the government with absolute diligence and consistency."
The party commended the government for enforcing restrictions on public gatherings, including churches, restaurants and taverns. The EFF encouraged faith-based organisations to encourage congregants to pray at home until the coast is clear.
The Red Berets reiterated that the public should heed the call to steer clear of public spaces, driving home the point made clear by the government:
"We must, all of us, take seriously the message and avoid crowded public spaces that include shopping malls unless its absolutely necessary for us to buy food and other essentials."
Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced the total confirmed cases of the coronavirus in South Africa rose to 202 on Friday.
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