EFF cautions against re-opening of the economy

EFF cautions against re-opening of the economy

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) cautions against re-opening of businesses that may not be "on a sound scientific and epidemiological basis."

EFF rally at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, general elections 2019, elections
Supporters of opposition party, EFF attend a rally at Orlando Stadium, in Soweto. PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP

The party has reacted to the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night of the gradual re-opening of the economy from Friday, 1 May 2020, from the current strict coronavirus lockdown regulations.


In a statement, the party describes the announcement by Ramaphosa on the economy as 'premature'.  


"When the Minister of Health called in experts to address the nation on the spread of the virus, they strongly advised against re-opening the economy when daily infections are still above 45.


"In the past 24 hours, South Africa has witnessed more than 300 daily cases and we, therefore, do not understand the reasons for premature re-opening, which ignores the scientific and logical advice of experts," reads the statement.


The EFF believes the move will expose employees to a higher risks of contracting the virus.


"The government should not bend at the altar of capitalist greed because the measures put in place thus far will be reversed in a short period of time."




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