- The Economic Freedom Fighters have opted to cancel their birthday celebrations this year on their 7th anniversary
- Instead, the party has called on citizens to dress in black on Sunday to mourn those who have passed away as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic
- The party says that it couldn't continue with the usual celebrations in light of the fear and anxiety facing the nation during this crisis
The Economic Freedom Fighters have released a statement announcing that it will be cancelling the usual celebrations for its seventh anniversary on Sunday.
Instead, the party has opted to call on members to mourn those who have lost the battle against Covid-19 amid the current pandemic, explaining that:
"This day would normally be marked with jubilation, but we cannot, in good conscience, celebrate while over 6 343 people in South Africa have died and there are at least 421 996 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country. Worldwide there are over 15 million confirmed cases and over 630 000 deaths."
The party continued by acknowledging the current mindset of the nation during this difficult time of fear and uncertainty:
"Fear, sorrow and anguish stalk the streets, taxis, townships, villages, cities and homes. We cannot continue as normal when we are losing so many people every day. The anxiety and stress that people face on a daily basis are compounded by the lack of adequate healthcare and by the looming spectre of death concretised by open graves."
The Red Berets made it clear that the moment would instead be used to reflect on the great losses incurred by the nation and its citizens:
"The EFF calls for its 7th anniversary to be used for reflection on the magnitude of the devastation that this disease has caused to families and communities across the country, the continent and the world."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that peaceful protesters marching against the lockdown restrictions that are crippling the hospitality industry were met with fierce resistance from the authorities.
As around 200 citizens approached the gates of Parliament police deployed stun grenades and water cannons on the crowd.
The hospitality and restaurant workers had marched to draw the government's attention to the declining revenues facing the sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Brandishing signs saying #JobsSaveLives and #ServeUsPlease, the crowd had worn face masks and attempted to follow social distancing regulations in this desperate attempt to obtain help.
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