- The EFF has expressed its 'disdain' over the 'lack of leadership' during the Covid-19 pandemic in SA
- The Red Berets insist that President Cyril Ramaphosa has led the 'incompetence' on display, 'hell-bent' on risking lives and unnecessary infections
- The party lamented that its sound advice on the situation fell upon the president's deaf ears
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The Economic Freedom Fighters have come out to blast President Cyril Ramaphosa over what it feels is a botched effort at leading SA through the Covid-19 crisis.
In a statement issued by the party, the EFF insisted that there has been a lack of decisive leadership during the pandemic:
"The EFF has watched with disdain the lack of decisiveness, consistency and leadership since the beginning of the spread of Covid-19 in SA. The response to Covid-19 by SA has been characterised by refusal of guidance, lack of foresight and a deliberate prioritisation of profits over human life.
"Leading the incompetence has been one Cyril Ramaphosa, who is hell-bent on being given an exhibition of loss of life and uncontrollable infections before making decisions that will protect the lives of people."
The EFF says that when the first infection was announced, it had called for action but Ramaphosa "did not heed this call and delayed". Instead of clamping down at the onset of the pandemic, Ramaphosa "ignored" the EFF's advice to enforce mandatory quarantining.
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The Red Berets accused Ramaphosa of fumbling over the issue of alcohol sales, ignoring advice from the likes of the World Health Organization and the SA Democratic Teachers Union on schooling and placing profits above human life.
Now, the EFF says Ramaphosa is being opportunistic by blaming citizens for the ever-climbing number of infections and fatalities:
"Ramaphosa today opportunistically attempts to blame South Africans for the spread of the virus and forgets how he has failed to provide consistent leadership, which is guided and has foresight. This is a sign that he has completely abdicated his responsibilities as a leader of society and assumed the position of an absent father."
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Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had called for the immediate closure of schools in the wake of increasing infections. The party has now reiterated these calls, insisting that swift and drastic measures need to be implemented in SA:
"The EFF calls for the immediate closure of all schools and the implementation of remote learning. We call for an immediate return to Level 5 of the national lockdown and relevant economic relief measures to be put in place to avoid the starvation of our people."
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