Covid-19: EFF cuts wages to donate, welcomes lockdown extension

Covid-19: EFF cuts wages to donate, welcomes lockdown extension

- The EFF has announced that it will be joining President Cyril Ramaphosa and other key politicians in taking a salary cut

- The Red Berets announced that all public representatives would be sacrificing a third of their salaries to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund

- This comes after the current coronavirus lockdown was extended by two weeks on Thursday

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The Economic Freedom Fighters have announced that all its public representatives would be donating a third of their salaries to the Solidarity Fund.

President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that members of his cabinet, deputy ministers and premiers, including himself, would be contributing a similar portion of their income to the coronavirus relief fund.

In a statement released in response to the lockdown extension, spokesperson Vuyani Pambo commented

“As part of our contribution to the fight against Covid-19, all EFF public representatives, inclusive of MPs, members of provincial legislatures, and councillors, will contribute a third of our monthly salaries to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund."

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The EFF has welcomed the decision to extend the lockdown, as well as the announcement that political leaders would be donating to the Solidarity Fund.

The party called on all citizens with enough disposable income to do the same as the nation attempts to safeguard itself against the economic impact of the lockdown.

The Red Berets reiterated its disapproval of the state asking for loans from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Denouncing any hint of approaching these institutions for help, the party insisted the loans would come with irrational and even dangerous conditions attached.

Ramaphosa's Easter message to the nation, despite the tough times ahead, was one of hope and determination

“This is a difficult time for us all. Yet the message of Easter is one we carry in our hearts tonight. It is the message of hope, of recovery and of rebirth. As we walk this road together, as we struggle to defeat this pandemic, we remain strong and united and resolved.
"Much is being asked of you, far more than should ever be asked. But we know that this is a matter of survival, and we dare not fail. We shall recover. We shall overcome. May God bless South Africa and protect her people."

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