Opposition Parties Challenge Ramaphosa's Decision

Opposition parties have been voicing their opinions about the President's decision to allow other sectors to operate under level 3. Parties have mixed opinions about the President's decision.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and Economic Freedom Front (EFF) feel the decision was made too early, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) feels the decision was made too late.

IFP spokesperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, thought the President's decision was made prematurely.

"The lifting of the restrictions is premature as many other sectors are left in the lurch and are fighting for survival on the frontlines as school classrooms are not certain of remaining open, hospital beds are filling up to capacity and testing, tracing and tracking of the coronavirus is not up to speed," said Hlengwa.

John Steenhuisen, interim leader of the DA, has been vocal about being against the lockdown. 

The DA has said "It doesn’t make any sense, you can go to any restaurant and sit down for dinner but you can’t go to a museum or library, it doesn’t make any sense.”

Steenhuisen further criticised the President by calling the lockdown a failure. 

“President Ramaphosa’s announcement tonight of a further lifting of lockdown restrictions is an admission that the lockdown serves no purpose and has failed,” he said.  

Members of the EFF were disappointed with the President's decision to ease the lockdown. EFF spokesperson, Vuyani Pambo, spoke to the SABC about the decision to open more sectors under level 3. 

"We note the announcement by the president with dismay. It's very disappointing that he continued to announce the easing without scientific backing," said Pambo.

Pambo viewed the President's decision as favouring capitalists, as he feared the black majority would be disadvantaged the most.


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