- Opposition parties are not happy with the government and President Cyril Ramaphosa
- Ramaphosa announced that the country would move to lockdown level 2, the DA said that it was too late and the EFF claim it is too early
- The IFP is the only major party which has come out to congratulate the president on moving South Africa to level 2
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President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would move to lockdown level 2 and the economy would begin to open up.
However, he was not met with cheers and jubilation. He was slammed on all sides by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Briefly.co.za learned that Ramaphosa was criticised for opened the economy too late and that the country was struggling financially.
“The only thing the lockdown achieved was the devastation of our economy and the loss of millions of jobs. And that is what President Ramaphosa and his government must take responsibility for. The President admitted this evening that the models used to justify shutting down the economy were wrong. This is not something he can casually mention and walk away from. If they paralysed our economy for five months based on wrong information, heads must roll right at the top,” said DA interim leader John Steenhuisen.
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The EFF was also critical and said that the relaxation of the lockdown was based on manipulated data and under testing according to IOL.
“The blunder made by the president will be followed by a loss of life, and the lie of a decrease in infections will be exposed and by that time measures to impose stronger regulations will be too late."
“There is no legitimate positive signs of a decrease in infections in South Africa and Cyril Ramaphosa in collaboration with the Department of Health have conspired to manipulate data and lie about progress in the fight against Covid-19.”
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The IFP praised Ramaphosa for opening up the economy and easing the lockdown restrictions.
“The lockdown was not a permanent arrangement and was for the purposes of readying our health services. We, therefore, want to ensure that the easing of the lockdown is met with the best preparatory requirements by the health system and that we will be ready for a second wave - as with the cases we have observed internationally,” said Hlngewa.
“We are supportive of the phased approach that government is taking, coupled with the strictest health precautionary measures for industries to save lives while balancing the risk mitigation factors,” he said.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mzansi is rejoicing after the Covid-19 national lockdown, which has been in place since March, was shifted to Level 2 on Saturday evening.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech seems to have been warmly welcomed by citizens after a long week of discontent ahead of his address.
The news that tobacco and liquor have been unbanned prompted such joy that 'Happy New Year' was trending on social media.
In other news, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has had her request for a 30-day extension of the Covid-19 National State of Disaster approved.
A government notice was issued on Saturday with the minister confirming that the lockdown will now be extended until 15 September:
"Taking into account the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to address the impact of the disaster."
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