People’s movement must remain restricted because the healthcare system is not yet ready for Covid-19, and because too little is known about the nature of this virus disease.
At the same time, the government is firmly convinced that it is the pandemic that is crippling economies, not restrictive measures.
This is what Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, said on Tuesday at a National Council of Provinces (NRP) debate on the government’s handling of Covid-19.
According to her, the government is under pressure from all sides on its handling of the pandemic with more than 90 court cases started against it since the start of the restriction.
“We lost some of the business; others won us over. Some are out of court and others are still pending.
“There are those who say we should have announced a state of emergency and that we are acting unconstitutionally. On the other hand, there are those who say we move too fast by phasing out the restriction and that we should not open schools, ”says Dlamini-Zuma.
DA MP Dennis Ryder said in his address that the government had failed with its Covid-19 strategy.
“Too few beds were prepared over a long period of time and in the process the economy was destroyed. It’s the ANC that made the bed and now we all have to lie on it, ”he says.
According to Ryder, people never want to hear that the government is blaming South Africa’s problems on Covid-19.
He says the cause of the country’s troubled situation could rather be attributed to the plundering of state resources before the crisis, and to the Covid 19 Command Council that pushed the broken economy to the abyss.
“In the first three weeks of the restriction, people supported the government, but it subsequently turned into an authoritarian government that has stripped away human rights. Under Minister Dlamini-Zuma, disturbing and irrational regulations have been ratified, ”says Ryder.
Dlamini-Zuma says the government has not drafted the regulations unilaterally and that it has been in talks with other stakeholders on the matter.
“We tried to cross a river. Sometimes we slipped and other times got our foothold. “
ANC MP Kenneth Mmoiemang says people who are opposed to the government’s handling of the pandemic need to realize that countries around the world are facing the same kind of challenges.
“The ANC government has curbed the spread of the pandemic and put economic policies in place to reduce the impact,” says Mmoiemang.
“Global and local projections for the economy look very bad. What is important is that we have plans to rebuild the economy. It must be similar to a post-war situation, ”says Mmoiemang.