Covid-19 update: EFF donates R6m to fund, calls for school boycott

Covid-19 update: EFF donates R6m to fund, calls for school boycott

The EFF has made their views on the Covid-19 pandemic crystal clear, giving the government a dim review of its response thus far. Briefly.co.za explores the latest on the situation in SA.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide proof of his donations to the Solidarity Fund, while urged SA to boycott the reopening of schools.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest news as the nation continues to endure the pandemic and the resulting lockdown:

1. EFF gives R6m to Solidarity Fund: Dares Ramaphosa to show receipts

Economic Freedom Fighters have announced that it has made yet another contribution to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund in a bid to help out.

In a statement released on Friday, the EFF went as far as publishing proof of payment for their contribution:

"The EFF has once again contributed R6 million to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund. Accordingly, we publicly produce our Proof of Payment as evidence to our commitment. We thank the disciplined and dedicated EFF public representatives who have sacrificed a third of their salaries to contribute to the fight against the spread of Covid-19."

The Red Berets challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide proof that he has actually forked over funding as well.

2. Tobacco ban: Dlamini-Zuma's request for more time to respond denied

The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association is pleased the Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo has decided against allowing the government more time to respond to a challenge against its tobacco ban.

Briefly.co.za reported that Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could be facing contempt of court charges after missing her deadline to file an answering application to the action against her.

Now, it has emerged that the minister had requested more time to prepare her response over this controversial issue amid the Covid-19 lockdown. Sale of tobacco products has been banned in South Africa since the beginning of the lockdown in March.

3. EFF calls on SA to boycott schools reopening next week: Reckless risk

The Economic Freedom Fighters have addressed the plan to reopen schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic next week, adamant that the education system is simply not ready.

In a statement issued on Friday, the party insisted that allowing students to return this early on remains a pretty bad idea:

"The Economic Freedom Fighters maintains that all schools in the Basic Education Sector are not ready to reopen and operate during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the past few days, EFF public representatives have been conducting oversight of schools across the country, and all assessments point to the fact that reopening schools in the midst of increasing Covid-19 infections is a reckless risk of the lives of learners and teachers."

The EFF is adamant that teachers, learners and all those involved should totally boycott the reopening of schools, commenting that:

"The EFF maintains that all teachers, learners, parents, principals and communities must boycott the reopening of schools while there are no measures in place to protect the lives of children. South African families must not allow their children to be used as experiments in the face of deadly virus while the leaders of this country cowardly hide in their homes and run the country on digital platforms."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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