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Political parties respond to President Ramaphosa’s phased lockdown plan

President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a gradual reduction of control measures to prevent the spread and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus. South Africa’s five-week coronavirus lockdown will be slowly eased from next month, Ramaphosa said as he sought a balance between protecting people and letting them “earn a living.

“We will implement what we call a risk-adjusted strategy through which we take a deliberate and cautious approach to the easing of current lockdown restrictions.”
Before he addressed the nation, Ramaphosa met virtually with political party leaders for further consultations.

President Ramaphosa

The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party hailed Ramaphosa’s announcement as a “smart lockdown model”. What is crucial is that any such a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions is accompanied by both a massive increase in testing… and reliable data,” added the DA in a statement. We’ll most certainly support him in instituting economic reforms that will ensure South Africa emerges from this crisis with the best fighting chance.

The Economic Freedom Fighters said they would issue more detailed responses as information is communicated. A statement released on their Twitter page read, “we are limited from making substantial remarks on the announcement because the substantial issues which the President announced will begin on the 1st of May 2020 will only be announced by Ministers in the coming weeks.

The party did strongly caution against an opening of the economy not based on sound epidemiological science. The EFF stated the government must provide a clear and well-funded plan on how the country should complete the 2020 academic year without exposing pupils and students to potential COVID-19 infection.

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Source: eNCA