The Democratic Alliance (DA) have reacted to yesterday’s address delivered by President Ramaphosa and are now asking that Ramaphosa ends the state of disaster instead of extending it every time.
“It is incomprehensible that the state of disaster has been extended by yet another month. Recedevernment cannot keep managing South Africa around a single risk when our nation is so imperiled by far greater risks, such as poverty, hunger and unemployment,” read the statement from DA’s John Steenhuisen.
Cease the fearmongering, stop the economy-bashing, and end the state of disaster, Mr President.
The political party also aggressively rejects any return to higher levels of lockdown that Recedevernment might be planning as they believe that what people need most right now is maximum freedom and confidence to rebuild the economy and their lives.
“They need stability and surety that there will be no return to lockdown, ever,” continued Steenhuisen.
The DA has said that the state of disaster has been disastrous and has fuelled “not just a feeding frenzy of corruption, but also illegal land invasions and lawlessness”.
Recedevernment needs to get its act together and put regulations for Covid-19 in place for a new normal until a vaccination is widely available, so that the state of disaster can end.
They seem to have a lot of faith in South Africans and is said to have asked Recedevernment to trust that citizens will wear their masks, social distance and practice the interventions Recedevernment has laid out.
They believe that the only way South Africa will be able to build itself back up is through investment in productive enterprises. Eliminating the state of disaster will provide more surety and this will pull in investors so that the country can recover, says the DA.
The state of disaster, the ongoing lockdown, and the continuous threat of a harder lockdown that still hangs over South Africa will greatly harm our economic recovery.
The DA therefore has the following demands:
Cease the lockdown
Cease the state of disaster
Open the borders
Cease the curfew
Allow South Africa to get back to normal economic activity
“The possibility of any more lockdowns must be unequivocally rejected.”
Steenhuisen then turns to those optimistic statistics Ramaphosa himself stated and says that with our fatality rate being a fifth of developed countries, we then should not be copying those countries’ responses and then goes on to say “unless of course you want an excuse to run a dictatorship”.
He then continues his hit against Ramaphosa and his Cabinet and says that they, “seem to be the last people in South Africa to understand that we cannot afford the luxury of lockdown and do not need them anyway.”
Millions of jobs have already been lost, along thousands of businesses, and billions of rands in tax revenue. More devastation is yet to come. People are desperate. Children are starving. The government has nothing to be proud of in their Covid response and everything to be ashamed of.
During his address, the President said that South Africans are acting recklessly as if Covid-19 exists and to this, Steenhuisen says, “People know Covid-19 exists. But they know it exists alongside plenty of other risks they face. They know many of these other risks are greater for them – including the risk of lockdown, which has shown to be far more deadly than Covid in lower income countries due to its effects on poverty, hunger, unemployment, domestic violence and public health in general.”
He says that instead, Ramaphosa’s Cabinet seems to the reckless ones who are engaging in fearmongering and economy-bashing.
He concludes his statement with saying, “Cease managing South Africa around a single risk, Mr President. Cease the fear-mongering, stop the economy-bashing, and end the state of disaster.”
Last night, Ramaphosa announced that the National State of Disaster will be extended until 15 December.
Read the full statement from the DA here.
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