EFF CALLS FOR A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO CURB THE SPREAD AND IMPACT OF COVID-19
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
The Economic Freedom Fighters has watched with disdain the lack of decisiveness, consistency and leadership since the beginning of the spread of the Coronavirus in South Africa. The response to COVID-19 by South Africa has been characterised by refusal of guidance, lack of foresight and a deliberate prioritisation of profits over human life. Leading this incompetence has been one Cyril Ramaphosa, who is hell-bent on being given an exhibition of loss of life and uncontrollable infections before making decisions that will protect the lives of people.
South Africa sits today on 298 292 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and 4 346 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths not solely because of the behaviour of the virus, but as a result of a reckless and fiat-footed government advised by a compromised health expert by the name of Salim Abdool Karim.
On the 5 March 2020, the first COVID-19 case was recorded in South Africa, in a thirty eight-year-old man who was part of a group of ten people who had returned from Italy into South Africa. It was at that point where the EFF called for the monitoring and closure of all international points of entry to protect the vulnerable and poor from the virus. Cyril Ramaphosa did not heed this call and delayed.
It was at this point in time, that we called for the mandatory quarantining of infected individuals instead of the careless directive of self-quarantining, to ensure that the spread of the virus is contained by the State and not left to chance in the hands of individuals. Cyril Ramaphosa ignored this advice.