- Mmusi Maimane has put President Cyril Ramaphosa on a deadline
- The former DA leader gave the head of state 48 hours to respond to the petition against the reopening of schools
- Maimane made the demand on social media and his post sparked a divided reaction
Mmusi Maimane is not for schools reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic and he has demanded the attention of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
With the country still fighting Covid-19, many have not agreed with how the situation has been handled.
Maimane joined thousands of parents who are against their kids returning to school during these risky times.
Briefly.co.za previously reported Maimane launched a petition against the reopening of schools and within hours, thousands of parents showed their support.
He has now called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to react after the petition gathered over 150 000 signatures.
On Sunday, Maimane shared a video where he addressed the issue and he called out the head of state.
He captioned the clip:
"Bagaetsho, I promised an important update when we passed the 150 000 mark with the schools petition. We have now crossed that mark in just five days. I am giving the President @CyrilRamaphosa 48 hours to respond to us. #SchoolsReopening #SafetyFirst."
Take a look at her post below:
Maimane added in another post:
"We did not do a petition for its own sake but to demonstrate a large constituency of concerned parents, teachers and constituents. Thank you again to all who participated thus far. The petition was round one and we have won the round. But it’s not over. We have more work to do."
The former DA leader then said the aim of the petition and getting Ramaphosa's attention was to ensure that schools are up for the task of keeping children safe should they reopen during this crucial time.
The post largely divided social media users - many parents share Maimane's concerns while others believe school should resume to ensure better futures for SA learners.
Twitter user, @Msshadi2, commented:
"As we anxiously awaits the response, the thought of my children going back to school is giving me sleepless nights."
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