- The Congress of the People has slammed the Democratic Alliance after it condemned the current lockdown
- The party feels SA's opposition party is irresponsible and placing the economy above the lives of citizens
- This comes after John Steenhuisen claimed the lockdown is causing more damage than the coronavirus itself
The Congress of the People has condemned the Democratic Alliance for putting the economy before the lives of South Africans.
Briefly.co.za reported that DA interim leader John Steenhuisen had called for the current Covid-19 lockdown to end, adamant that the restrictions are causing greater harm than the pandemic.
"There is no bravery or compassion to be found in this lockdown. 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."
The opposition party insists that more economic activity should be allowed to take place and for the regulations to be eased.
However, COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloem made it clear the party is in full support of the nation's current plan.
“We are not supporting any call for the suspension or the upliftment of the lockdown. It will be irresponsible. We want to reiterate that we support the gradual easing down as advised by medical experts and scientists. We are very disturbed by the call of the DA for the president to suspend the lockdown. We believe it is irresponsible and opportunistic from them. They don’t have respect for the lives of the people and putting the economy above the lives of people. We are saying there must be a balance between saving lives and the economy.”
The party is joined by the ANC, Economic Freedom Fighters and Inkatha Freedom Party, who have also voiced their support for the government's plan.
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