The EFF has pledged to work with their party to prevent businesses profiting during Coronavirus “national disaster” in the country.
The President announced the national lockdown to commence on the 26th March and this will run up until April 16th at midnight.
Over the past few days, the EFF has been out and about in search of businesses that are inflating prices during this epidemic, the party said: “Capitalists are thriving at the expense of the lives of people”.
Ackermans Pharmacy in Primrose, Germiston has overly inflated the price of masks. Capitalists are thriving at the expense of the lives of people.— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) March 26, 2020
EFF will not sit by and watch.@SAPoliceService @the_dti pic.twitter.com/mSTHtTXstH
The party also announced on their Twitter account that they will “give them a nice special visit”, this statement is aimed at the business “exploiting” people in a time of need.
Julius Malema released a brief message aimed towards businesses and urging them to put human lives first before profits. “We don’t want to see anyone taking advantage during this disaster, trying to steal from the poorest of the poor,” said Malema.
The EFF Party has also urged that workers report any mistreatment to them on Twitter or other social media accounts, they have said that these reports will be anonymous.
Amazon Development Centre does not fall under essential services. EFF will pay your company a special visit if you do not adhere the #NationalLockdown @SAPoliceService @deptoflabour pic.twitter.com/iaZ0UBC3ty— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) March 26, 2020
During a lockdown, the rules apply to all citizens and some Twitter users are questioning how the EFF party can overrule the lockdown procedures and “give them a nice special visit” as this undermind the national lockdown with them leaving their homes.
The party appears they want to help the people that feel like they have no voice during this time, however, it’s important to follow the correct procedures provided by the government and not to undermind the lockdown.
What others are saying
The response throughout their Twitter feed at this time is mixed, with followers urging them to fight and protect the people and with others stating that they are “attention seeking” or “trying to stay relevant”.