- The EFF has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to reinstate Level 5 lockdown
- The Red Berets have called for the strict lockdown to last for a period of three months
- The party justified this motion by the high number of new Covid-19 infections
The Economic Freedom Fighters have called on the government and the President to return South Africa to Level 5 of the lockdown.
The party insists that this return to strict regulations should last for three months, commenting that:
“No amount of social distancing, wearing masks, sanitisation will help reduce the rise in infections and death. The only strategy that will help us is staying at home."
The Red Berets say that both the private and public healthcare systems won't be able to cope with the spike in infections:
“As a result, thousands of people will die simply because they cannot get access to healthcare. In the next few weeks [the] majority of companies, schools and other public spaces will be unable to operate as workers and customers will be infected."
- The party says that the responsible thing to do would be to shift back toward Level 5 in a bid to save lives.
- The following suggestions have been made by the EFF to sustain SA during this period:
- The country must unite in a planned supply of food, electricity, water and sanitation for all;
- Food prices must be controlled through regulations;
- All financial institutions must be forced, through regulations, to give interest-free payment holidays for three months for all non-essential workers and businesses;
- All basic and higher education learning and teaching must be conducted online and through the public broadcaster;
- Internet and broadcasting service prices must be regulated and reduced;
- There must be immediate infrastructural renovation and expansion of all provincial hospitals like Baragwanath;
- There must be satellite quarantine centres in all informal settlements;
- All essential workers in water, sanitation, security, energy, transport, food and agriculture must be given free medical healthcare coverage for COVID-19.
Briefly.co.za reported that the party had made their disapproval over recent relaxations crystal clear.
This sentiment was echoed in this statement with the party continuing to say that:
“If we do not lockdown now, there will be hundreds of thousands of lives lost, the majority of which will be our poor black people. Worse, there will be no experienced workforce to speak of when the scourge of COVID-19 passes. The refusal to lockdown the country under Level 5 regulations must, therefore, be read as complicity with the mass murder of our people. We repeat our call for Ramaphosa to return the country to Level 5 lockdown to save lives. It is time to employ the stay at home strategy to fight COVID-19."
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