- Julius Malema says that this is the time to lend a helping hand, but not the time to seek out popularity for doing so
- With the coronavirus prompting a national crisis, numerous citizens, including the EFF, have come forward in an attempt to provide some relief
- However, some may attempt to use this as a way to further their own agenda and the EFF leader isn't having it
Julius Malema has urged South Africans not to use the coronavirus crisis to further their popularity.
In a social media post, the Economic Freedom Fighter leader said that it is the time to be charitable but not if its an attention-seeking stunt:
"Let no one amongst us gain or seek popularity out of giving to the needy. This is not the time for social media videos and pictures of showing off charity; the needy have dignity too!"
Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had announced that all its public representatives would be donating 33% of their salaries to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund.
This was revealed just hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national lockdown would be extended by an additional two weeks.
The notion that people should not be charitable just for their own gain was repeated in a statement endorsing the lockdown.
The EFF explained that the principle of charity without seeking out recognition was engrained in the Christian religion.
While voicing their approval of the extension, the party called on the government to ensure adequate measures were undertaken to prevent citizens from losing their homes, cars and other assets during this time
“The president and the Covid-19 Command Council are tiptoeing around the financial services sector and are afraid to provide decisive and clear direction that will insulate our people from the economic jeopardy of further exclusion and repossession of their vehicles, businesses and houses. This points to the reality that the financial services sector, particularly banks, have disproportionate political control of the elected government.”
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