- The Economic Freedom Fighters have condemned the relaxation of the current Covid-19 lockdown
- The party is adamant that Ramaphosa has effectively given a resignation speech with the government withdrawing from any responsibility
- The Red Berets insist that the government simply does not have a plan to combat the virus
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The EFF has come out in fierce opposition to the current Covid-19 national lockdown being lifted in South Africa to Level 3. In a scathing statement issued by the party in response to Ramaphosa's speech on Sunday evening, the party commented that:
"The EFF rejects, with deep sadness, what is effectively the ending of the Covid-19 lockdown. The announcement by Ramaphosa must be read as a resignation speech from fighting Covid-19 and saving lives, especially black lives."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had announced that the nation would be enjoying alcohol again with most workers returning to economic activity during the migration to Level 3.
But the EFF says that these measures mark the end of what can be considered a strict lockdown in SA:
"In essence, the opening of the economy and sale of alcohol stood as significant announcements tonight. These alone have essentially ended the lockdown which sought to ensure social distancing, flatten the curve, prepare the healthcare system and save lives."
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The Red Berets cautioned that the relaxation would result in an inevitable climb in the number of cases and fatalities, especially condemning the relaxation of the alcohol ban:
"All trauma units in the country had rested from the cases related to alcohol. Alcohol sale is the effective undermining of all this effort to use hospital space and resources to focus on growing Covid-19 cases."
The party is adamant that Ramaphosa said the fate of the country is now in the hands of citizens because the state simply does not have a plan past this point:
"Ramaphosa told the nation and its citizens that 'it is now in your hands'. This is because from here on, the government does not have a plan that will deal with Covid-19. The lives of black people are lives of overcrowding, dilapidated healthcare, sanitation and housing. The Covid-19 virus will only thrive under these conditions."
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