- Julius Malema has called upon President Cyril Ramaphosa to close SA schools
- The EFF leader asked Ramaphosa to think of the children amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- This comes in reaction to Ramaphosa's address, which did not touch on this sensitive subject
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is the latest politician to join calls to shut down South African schools.
With the Department of Basic Education moving forward with the phased approach to reopening schools ahead of the expected peak in infections, Malema has shared his views:
"Chief please close schools, I'm asking you nicely Cyril Ramaphosa. I won't congratulate you on alcohol because I warned you, but you choose to listen to white capital and look now. Anyway, they deserve you as their president because they voted for you. Comprador, think of our kids."
One SA movement leader Mmusi Maimane had led a fierce campaign in an attempt to legally compel the government to close schools during the pandemic.
In an earlier statement issued by the EFF, the party had warned Ramaphosa that allowing alcohol sales to resume under Level 3 of the national lockdown in response to the pandemic would 'end in tears'.
At the time, Briefly.co.za had reported on the party's fierce anti-liquor stance with the EFF insisting that it was the wrong move ahead of the expected spike in infections.
Malema said the only solution to relieve pressure off the health system was to ban the sale of alcohol as was the case during lockdown.
South Africa relaxed its regulations and entered Level 3 on 1 June and since then there have been numerous incidents linked to alcohol.
Hospitals around the country have also been inundated with alcohol-linked cases. Epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim said that the influx of alcohol-linked incidents in hospitals poses a risk because non-infected people might come into contact with infected people in trauma wards.
President Ramaphosa announced on Sunday evening that the ban would return with immediate effect.
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