- The Economic Freedom Fighters are concerned that the government is in too much of a hurry to open up South Africa
- In a statement issued in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa's address on Thursday, the party urged for caution
- The Red Berets have also demanded government address the need to educate students, noting the lack of comment given on this pressing issue
The Economic Freedom Fighters have weighed in on President Cyril Ramaphosa's plan to begin opening South Africa up after the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement issued by the party, it cautioned against the re-opening of the economy if it meant going against scientific advice:
"When the Minister of Health called in experts to address the nation on the spread of the virus, they strongly advised against re-opening the economy when daily infections are still above 45. In the past 24 hours, South Africa has witnessed more than 300 daily cases and we, therefore, do not understand the reasons for premature re-opening, which ignores the scientific and logical advice of experts."
The EFF warned against opening up the economy in favour of 'capitalist greed' when it could mean undoing the progress made thus far in keeping the virus at bay:
"We strongly caution against the premature re-opening of economic sectors that require multitudes of employees to be in contact with each other or be in the same place because this will certainly expose them to higher risks of contracting the virus. The government should not bend at the altar of capitalist greed because the measures put in place thus far will be reversed in a short period of time."
The party was concerned at the lack of clarity over schooling in South Africa, noting that Ramaphosa had failed to mention how the rest of the academic calendar would be handled.
"We call for a comprehensive and implementable plan on education and these should be centrally coordinated and funded by the national government. We demand that the government should intervene to assist all Universities of Technology and Universities to build immediate capacities to reach and assess students under lockdown."
Briefly.co.za reported that thus far only a tentative plan has been put into place for students to resume school, with the Department of Education waiting for a concrete plan concerning the lockdown to be announced before solidifying plans of their own.
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