The EFF has rejected the relaxation of Level 3 of the seclusion regulations and says it is doing so while Covid-19 infections continue out of control and health infrastructure and workers collapse.
Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday night that several other sectors of the economy will henceforth also be allowed to resume their operations.
In a statement, the EFF also criticized Ramaphosa’s “meaningless condemnation” of alcohol abuse and said it was the same man who allowed the sale of alcohol amid a global pandemic.
“Ramaphosa’s statements on alcohol abuse, while approving its sale despite several pleas, indicate an incoherent man who does not know what he is doing.”
The EFF says Ramaphosa does not have the moral authority to talk about the effects of alcohol abuse and its link to gender violence. “He is complicit because he allowed alcohol to be sold, even after being informed of its devastating effect on South African society.”
By Wednesday night, 80,412 cases of Covid-19 in South Africa had been confirmed and the death toll was currently 1,674.
The EFF says some days up to 2,000 more cases are confirmed and sometimes more than 4,000 positive cases are confirmed daily.
“Despite this, Ramaphosa, now relinquished by all logic, has decided to reopen restaurants, movie theaters, lounges and casinos and practically end the seclusion period to combat the spread of the coronavirus.”
The EFF says the decision is “contradictory and irrational”.
“While Ramaphosa stumbles on concessions to the demands of white monopoly capital, it undermines the real purpose of the seclusion period, varyingly restricts certain activities and essentially reopens society.”
The EFF says the relaxation of seclusion regulations can only be based on science and should be done in accordance with a decrease in Covid-19 cases and deaths. The party says decisions are profit-driven and not to protect lives.