- EFF leader Julius Malema is adamant that South Africa is not ready to shift to Level 3
- The Red Beret boss says that the government is putting the lives of the poor black majority at risk by relaxing lockdown restrictions
- This vulnerable majority, according to Malema, will bear the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic
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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema insists that South Africa is simply not ready to move to Level 3 lockdown.
Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, Malema claims that the government is putting the lives of the poor black majority at great risk of contracting Covid-19.
This majority, explained Malema, does not have access to quality healthcare and would be the hardest hit by the pandemic:
"Many black people will get sick and die, and no one will know how. Government has not renovated any hospital or given any significant improvements. Admittedly, even the misguided 'events based temporal' quarantine centres will not meet the demand that is coming."
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The EFF leader insists that this lack of decent healthcare would ultimately be the downfall of vulnerable citizens:
"However, people in black communities who could have lived another 10 years will die. Not because they have bad immune systems, but because they did not get healthcare. The white community and some insignificant minority black elite will rely on private healthcare; which ais re fully functional, fully resourced and ready to give them a fighting chance."
President Cyril Ramaphosa, in Malema's view, has surrendered SA to the virus by relaxing the current lockdown:
"By telling the whole country that 'it is now in your hands', Ramaphosa was rendering his resignation as captain of the ship, the number one citizen and Commander in Chief. He turned his back on his constitutional oath to protect human rights, chief among which is the right to life."
Briefly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had announced that the first batch of students would be heading back to school on 1 June.
Malema says that the EFF strongly believes that this move is a mistake due to the failure of government to provide adequate infrastructure ahead of time:
"The EFF believes that schools must not be opened because non-negotiable conditions have not been complied with across the majority of South Africa. Guarantee clean water supply for all school and guarantee sanitation, emphatically clean toilets for all schools, including those that did not have toilets before the advent of Covid-19."
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