- The DA has slammed the ANC for not trusting the public with the truth
- The presidency has not been 100% honest with the people of South Africa
- They withheld data about the coronavirus
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On Sunday, May 10th, reports surfaced that the presidency had not told the South African people the whole truth.
An exclusive report by the Sunday Times exposed the fact the government had intentionally withheld information from the people.
Briefly.co.za learned that the government did not reveal data about the virus in South Africa to avoid panic.
“We don’t want to put these models out to the public as if they are the gospel truth,” Spokesperson for the president Khusela Diko told Sunday Times journalists.
“There is an element where we want to avoid panic in communities, and we’re also mindful of the stigma of the virus.”
The South African reported that the DA pounced on the news that the government has been less than honest.
John Steenhuisen, the leader of the DA did not mince his words in a tweet on Sunday.
“As Sidney Hook famously said ‘in contrast to totalitarianism, a democracy can face and live with the truth about itself’ – empowering citizens with all the facts makes them partners, keeping them in the dark makes them subjects,” Steenhuisen tweeted on Sunday.
“We will not stop until we get this information!”
Steenhuisen has been highly critical of the lockdown and is leading a charge to end the policy.
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“There is no bravery or compassion to be found in this lockdown,” Steenhuisen posted on 8 May.
“True bravery and compassion is in the mothers and fathers, the grandmothers and grandfathers, who risk arrest or death to break this lockdown so that they can feed their families.”
DA Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson believes that a war within the ANC structures if taking the party's focus off the pandemic.
“The irony of the ANC pleading for ‘sanity to prevail’ in the DA when they have an [ideological] civil war in Cabinet over everything from cigarettes to e-commerce and can’t get their message straight. Zero mention of the economy and the millions losing their jobs,” Macpherson said in response to the ANC’s condemnation of the DA’s calls to end the lockdown.
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