- The Democratic Alliance has demanded that vaccines, not a lockdown are the right response to the Covid-19 crisis
- The opposition party slammed Ramaphosa for shutting down industries without offering any assistance
- The DA has called on the government to cancel the SAA bailout in favour of procuring vaccines
Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen has come out in fierce criticism of President Cyril Ramaphosa's address.
The opposition leader insists that Ramaphosa failed to mention a crucial point in the fight against Covid-19:
"There is one crucial, and pivotal point to which President Ramaphosa has still neglected to speak with clarity and certainty: the acquisition and provision of the readily available coronavirus vaccine."
Steenhuisen noted that the first batch of vaccines will only be available in the second quarter of 2021, something that the DA head has blamed on SA missing two payment dates for the Covax scheme.
The DA leader insists that this is a clear sign that the government has failed to carry out the task handed to them in the pandemic:
"The truth of the matter is that while South Africa was banning the sale of cooked food and tobacco products and telling South Africans what they could wear, other governments were hard at work procuring and preparing roll-out plans for one of the four available Covid-19 vaccines."
Steenhuisen claims that if Ramaphosa is 'serious' then he would lead by example in the sacrifices made to overcome the pandemic:
"Cancel the SAA bailout and put that money towards expediting vaccine procurement and rollout and bolstering financial relief to affected industries. This would show true commitment to saving lives and livelihoods."
In addition to this clampdown, Ramaphosa had confirmed a blanket ban on liquor after noting that reckless behaviour had been the main driver of the surge in infections.
Ramaphosa had pleaded with the nation to adhere to Covid-19 protocols in an attempt to flatten the curve before schools and businesses reopen in 2021.
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