- The Democratic Alliance will be heading to court to challenge the government's lockdown regulations
- Leader John Steenhuisen is set to announce the opposition party's plan to take on the state
- Steenhuisen accuses President Cyril Ramaphosa of playing on the fears of South Africans
The Democratic Alliance is intent on challenging the government over the current Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
Interim leader John Steenhuisen is expected to announce the DA's plan to levy legal action against the state over the continued lockdown on Thursday.
Briefly.co.za reported that the party had called for the lockdown to be ended in a hurry and this opinion was reiterated after President Cyril Ramaphosa's address on Wednesday evening.
Steenhuisen is adamant that the regulations have destroyed more lives than it has saved, with millions of citizens set to lose their jobs.
“The DA supported the first three-week national lockdown, to buy time to gather healthcare resources and prepare hospitals. Sadly, this did not happen, except in the Western Cape. Heads must roll.
The lockdown, according to Steenhuisen, has also been a waste of time at the expense of the nation.
“The initial lockdown was also an opportunity to build test, track, trace capacity so that a smart lockdown (localised lockdowns) could be pursued. Sadly, this has not happened, except in the Western Cape. Heads must roll.
With the peak infection period heading for SA, lockdown or no lockdown, the DA feels it is time to take action.
“The last two to four weeks of lockdown have not been necessary, rational or justified. Cyril Ramaphosa is being disingenuous in suggesting that the lockdown has saved lives. It has merely delayed the peak. But the peak is inevitable whether we lock down or not.
The strategy announced by Ramaphosa is no longer a 'rational strategy' explained Steenhuisen.
“It is not a rational strategy and has not been so for weeks. It is irrational and disproportionate to the scale of the risk that Covid-19 poses, relative to other risks. And it has not been supported by an adequate safety net for poor people and small businesses."
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