- The EFF has called for the emergency health budget combatting Covid-19 to be used to empower local suppliers
- The party says it would be a travesty if the funds ended up in pockets overseas
- The Red Berets have welcomed the announced increases in social grant payments amid the pandemic
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The Economic Freedom Fighters have called for the emergency funding allocated to the health budget amid the coronavirus pandemic to be used locally.
In a statement issued shortly after President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech on Tuesday evening, the political party said it would be a shame if the funding ended up benefiting businesses from other parts of the world
"We demand that South Africa should use this opportunity to localise the manufacturing of all Personal Protective Equipment with an acknowledgement that these will be needed in the entire African continent."
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The party called for a focus on empowering local capacity to manufacture these vital resources to avoid sending the money overseas
"It will be a travesty of economic justice if the increased budget ends up in the pockets of middlemen and external suppliers from China and other parts of the world."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had announced a temporary increase in social grant payments has been noted and the EFF has welcomed this move as a step in the right direction:
"We believe that this measure will go a long way in mitigating the poverty and starvation that defines a substantial majority of particularly black people."
The temporary grant for unemployed citizens was also welcomed, with the EFF calling for this to become a permanent initiative beyond Covid-19:
"We also welcome the introduction of a Basic Income Grant for all unemployed South Africans and believe that it should be institutionalised as part of social relief for the unemployed even after the containment of the spread of Covid-19."
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