The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is calling on the government and President Cyril Ramaphosa to place the country back under lockdown Level 5 for a period of three months. The party’s reasoning is that there have been 40 000 COVID-19 cases reported across the country in the last week alone, with a daily average of 6 000. 

“No amount of social distancing, wearing masks, sanitisation will help reduce the rise in infections and death. The only strategy that will help us is staying at home,” it said in a statement on Tuesday 30 June. 

PREVENT THE LOSS OF LIVES – BRING BACK LEVEL 5  

The EFF said the private and public healthcare systems will not be able to cater to the rising number of positive COVID-19 infections. 

“As a result, thousands of people will die simply because they cannot get access to healthcare. In the next few weeks [the] majority of companies, schools and other public spaces will be unable to operate as workers and customers will be infected,” it said. 

The EFF said the responsible and constitutional imperative should be to save lives and prevent the loss of lives by moving back to lockdown Level 5. 

HERE’S HOW THE THREE-MONTH LOCKDOWN SHOULD BE SUSTAINED

The red berets listed suggestions on how to sustain the country under Level 5 for the next three months: 

  • The country must unite in a planned supply of food, electricity, water and sanitation for all; 
  • Food prices must be controlled through regulations; 
  • All financial institutions must be forced, through regulations, to give interest-free payment holidays for three months for all non-essential workers and businesses; 
  • All basic and higher education learning and teaching must be conducted online and through the public broadcaster; 
  • Internet and broadcasting service prices must be regulated and reduced; 
  • There must be immediate infrastructural renovation and expansion of all provincial hospitals like Baragwanath; 
  • There must be satellite quarantine centres in all informal settlements; 
  • Finally, all essential workers, in water, sanitation, security, energy, transport, food and agriculture must be given free medical healthcare coverage for COVID-19. 

“If we do not lockdown now, there will be hundreds of thousands of lives lost, the majority of which will be our poor black people. Worse, there will be no experienced workforce to speak of when the scourge of COVID-19 passes. The refusal to lockdown the country under Level 5 regulations must, therefore, be read as complicity with the mass murder of our people,” it said. 

“We repeat our call for Ramaphosa to return the country to Level 5 lockdown to save lives. It is time to employ the stay at home strategy to fight COVID-19,” it added. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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