The DA has condemned the Presidency for keeping the truth from South Africans. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Democratic Alliance has broken ranks and slammed the government for both the continued lockdown and for allegedly hiding the truth of the situation from the public.
Briefly.co.za explores the top stories on the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa.
1. DA slams the presidency for concealing Covid-19 facts from the public
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.
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.
2. Briefly.co.za readers happy with how government has handled Covid-19
Briefly.co.za recently asked readers how they feel about the way South African government has handled the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most readers feel that government has done its best, under the circumstances.
Check out a reader's thoughts below:
Cynthia Sehunoe "The government is doing it's best to prevent the spread of the virus though, concerning school reopening, they need to reconsider especially winter season. We all need to stay at home. What's hard with this. I mean, some of us have been on lockdown for the past ten years without donations or food parcels. Quarantined and isolated at the same time - and I'm not joking here so these things are possible. Those who use this pandemic as an opportunity to unlawfully gain must be punished by law. Like taking food parcels not deserving or pandemic funds."
3. Covid-19: COPE condemns DA for choosing economy over SA lives
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.”
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