- Julius Malema has called for the state to stop negotiating the terms of the Covid-19 lockdown
- The EFF leader insists that the fallout from relaxing the regulations will be enormous
- Malema urged the state to stop being 'cowards', warning that 'millions will die'
Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema has made his position on the current lockdown measures crystal clear.
Malema signalled his displeasure at the seemingly flexible restrictions put into place during the current 21-day nationwide lockdown in South Africa.
In a post to social media, Malema warned that the fallout from the regulations being negotiable will be immense and that civilian fatalities will skyrocket:
"If the state is not going to be firm and not negotiate with any non-essential sector of the economy for relaxation of lockdown regulations, this lockdown will collapse, barbarism will emerge and the deadly coronavirus will spread like wildfire: millions will die. Stop it, cowards!"
While the Red Beret boss failed to personally call any official out for these negotiations, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has arguably adjusted the regulations on public transport during the lockdown more than any other rule has been altered.
The restrictions on the allowed passenger capacity have shifted from half the licenced amount, the full licenced amount and then back down to 70%.
The curfews put into place has also been adjusted from only rush hour times to far more relaxed measures.
While this has not been the only changes made to the restrictions by a long shot, the sheer quantity of South Africans that depend on public transport in their commute makes them some of the most far-reaching.
Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had also warned that the low infection rates currently recorded do not mean that the worst is behind SA
"We are not making an exaggeration when we say the calm before the storm. We are saying if you let go of these conditions and when you see the flu season coming, it may change this. The issue is , we must not be complacent."
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