- The Freedom Front Plus is not amused that President Cyril Ramphosa has called on SA to join the Jerusalema challenge
- The political party has slammed the move as Ramaphosa's 'let them eat cake moment'
- Leader Pieter Groenewald has described it as 'disappointing' when the nation is facing an economic crisis
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The Freedom Front Plus probably won't be taking up the challenge to celebrate Heritage Day by grooving to Jerusalema.
The political party is unimpressed by this attempt to unify the country in the face of extreme adversity and immense stress.
Commenting on the situation, party leader Pieter Groenewald made his disapproval clear:
“It is extremely disappointing that the president is telling South Africans to do a dance while the country finds itself in an economic depression and he has failed to announce any feasible plan to bring about economic recovery.”
The FF+ has compared the moment to Marie Antoinette, who had allegedly suggested that her starving citizens should eat cake in response to the crisis in pre-revolution France.
News24 reports that the FF+ has criticised the decision to keep some restrictions in place with the shift to Level 1 lockdown. Groenewald said:
“The FF Plus still holds the view that all restrictions must be lifted, with certain exceptions. There are understandably some restrictions that must remain in effect, like the ban on large sport gatherings and the ban on travel to and from countries with a high risk of contagion.
Groenewald further slammed measures like the UIF TERS fund as unsustainable, calling instead for tax relief measures to free up income so that businesses can stimulate growth, reports The Citizen.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Ramaphosa had urged South Africans to celebrate Heritage Day by joining the challenge that has gone global.
During his address on Wednesday evening Ramaphosa had revealed the song is a favourite of his, commenting further that:
“I urge everyone to use this public holiday as family time, to reflect on the difficult journey we have all travelled, to remember those who have lost their lives, and to quietly rejoice in the remarkable and diverse heritage of our nation. And there can be no better celebration of our South African-ness than joining the global phenomenon that is the Jerusalema dance challenge."
Numerous citizens had appreciated this unexpected touch, even Master KG himself who had been grateful for the shoutout from the nation's leader.
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