Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa's lockdown relaxation gets mixed reviews

Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa's lockdown relaxation gets mixed reviews

President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the Covid-19 lockdown will be moving to Level 3 in a week's time has been the talk of the town in Mzansi on Monday. explores the latest updates on the situation.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech on Sunday has left citizens with mixed feelings ahead of the shift to Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown. explores the latest stories on the continued battles against the virus in South Africa:

1. EFF claims Ramaphosa has shirked responsibility amid Covid-19

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."

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."

2. Maimane gives Ramaphosa 48 hours to respond to reopening of schools

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. 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."

3.SADTU asks teachers to stay away: Issues over Covid-19 non-compliance

The SA Democratic Teachers Union insists that schools are not prepared to reopen amid the Covid-19 crisis.

With schools meant to return to begin the preparations for welcoming the Grade 7 and 12 pupils back this week, the union has warned teachers against presenting themselves for work:

“We care about the lives of the teachers, children and support staff in schools. To us, one death is one too many. We, therefore, cannot afford to be reckless at this stage of Covid-19."

TimesLIVE reports that provincial departments had assessed the situation and found that the country was not ready to open schools for teachers.

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