Covid-19: DA wants Ramaphosa to boot Patel over clothing restrictions

Covid-19: DA wants Ramaphosa to boot Patel over clothing restrictions

- The Democratic Alliance wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to boot Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel

- This comes after the Department issued a 'bizarre and extraordinary' list of clothing restrictions

- The opposition party feels that the regulations have taken the measures put in place to combat the Covid-19 virus a step too far

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The Democratic Alliance has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Ebrahim Patel after the Minister gazetted a 'bizarre and extraordinary' list of restrictions concerning the sale and purchase of clothing during Level 4 lockdown.

South Africans are no strangers to obscure regulations announced by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, with the issue of a law banning the sale of 'cooked hot foods'.

Patel had based this restriction on an increase in unnecessary movement in supermarkets but South Africans are still confused. reported that John Steenhuisen called on the government to stop being petty with the new restrictions being announced for Level 4 of the current lockdown.

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“These new clothing regulations are frankly mad and seem more at place during the 1980’s under the Soviet Union than they do in a democracy like South Africa.
"There is simply no justification for the minister to be determining what clothes people can buy and worse, how they should wear them. To put it bluntly, Minister Patel has become the laughing stock of South Africa with these regulations.”

The opposition party has highlighted as 'ridiculous' the restrictions pertaining to short sleeve shirts and closed-toe shoes.

After calling on Ramaphosa to address the nation after holding his silence for the past two weeks, the DA has now demanded swift and decisive action against the minister.

“It is now beyond doubt that Minister Patel is running amok without any restraint from President Ramaphosa. The president should now step up to the plate and sack Patel without delay.”

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