- On Sunday, the EFF celebrated its 7th anniversary through a virtual rally because of the Covid-19 pandemic
- EFF leader Julius Malema addressed party faithfuls and took a chance to criticise the government and its Ministerial Advisory Committee
- Malema slammed the scientists advising the government on the Covid-19 pandemic, accusing them of hypocrisy
EFF leader Julius Malema has lambasted the scientists advising President Cyril Ramaphosa's administration on the Covid-19 pandemic and accused them of hypocrisy.
On Sunday, the EFF celebrated its seventh anniversary through a virtual rally where Malema addressed the Red Berets. In his address, he accused Ramaphosa of having fallen into the trap of the private sector by reopening the economy and schools, which has led to a sharp rise in infections.
Malema also took a swipe at the scientists in the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on the Covid-19 pandemic. He accused its chair, Professor Salim Abdool Carrim, of not sticking to proper professional principles in his advice to the government.
The EFF leader highlighted the hypocrisy of the advice given by the scientists who had earlier said strict lockdown regulations should be in place should the country reach more than 100 infections per day, but now are saying the economy should be opened while the country has 13 000 infections per day.
"At the beginning of the first lockdown, which was meant to last for 21 days, the scientists said we should retain strict lockdown regulations if there are more than 100 infections per day.
"Currently, SA has an average of 13 000 per day and the same scientists are advising the government to open schools and loosen strict lockdown regulations."
TimesLIVE reported that Malema said the scientists in the committee are in the pockets of politicians and possibly white monopoly capital establishment. He pointed out that their advice has changed to suit the needs of the politicians and white monopoly capital.
Malema also slammed the government for lifting the ban on alcohol sales before reinstating it again, saying lifting the ban had resulted in a surge in the number of patients in hospital emergency rooms.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF celebrated its seventh birthday different this year. The party said due to the pandemic, they cancelled the usual birthday celebrations.
Instead, the party has opted to call on members to mourn those who have lost the battle against Covid-19 amid the current pandemic. The party said they 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 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 urged its members to dress in black on Sunday.
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