DA chief John Steenhuisen says President Cyril Ramaphosa ‘s latest relaxing of the countries lockdown rules is no longer necessary since millions of jobs have been lost.
Steenhuisen responded to Ramaphosa ‘s announcement on Wednesday night of the allowing hair salons, movie theaters, casinos and sit-down restaurants to open.
He said that it look like Ramaphosa is finally aware of how devastating the lockdown was for ordinary South Africans.
“It’s not clear at what level of the lockdown we ‘re at now, not that it makes a lot of difference. But his move is a little to late to save thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, “he said.
Steenhuisen said ours was the longest lockdown in the world, not Covid-19 alone, that destroyed the economy and caused misery for millions of South Africans. “And what are we going to show for it? nothing. The lockdown has only postponed the peak of the increase by a few weeks. The President has also confirmed to this saying that infections are rapidly increasing
For other reasons Ramaphosa was critised by the IFP. In a statement, IFP spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said that the re-suming was based on political concerns and pending legal challenges, rather than on epidemiological and medical evidence.
“The consequences topped with the level of uncertainty, mortality and contunous spread of Covid-19 due to Lockdown caution’s Level 3 have not been thoroughly monitored and therefore President Cyril Ramaphosa ‘s announcement is time-consuming and unwise” Hlengwa said.
“It is unfortunate that our country must recognize that we are fighting parallel crises, a world pandemic, an economic disintegration and the increase in the heinous acts of violence committed against women and children.”
He said that the removal of the restrictions was premature.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said he welcomed Ramaphosa ‘s application of the balancing act.
“That is why I agree that each individual must take responsibility for his or her life. The lack of discipline has cost this nation a lot. We need to change this behavior, “said Holomisa.