President Cyril Ramaphosa’s stern, honest and sobering update on the state of government’s interventions in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 this evening was a missed opportunity to knuckle-down and decisively deal with the rapid spread of the coronavirus.The largely cosmetic changes announced by the President are insufficient in mitigating the risk of transmissions. We believe that the President, together with the National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet, should reconsider the country’s lockdown alert level; from level three to four. Merely ‘updating’ the alert level regulations is not enough. The IFP notes with grave concern the following:
- The President did not make any pronouncements on the suspension of schools, as we believe that schools should remain closed until after we have reached the peak of our infections;
- However, the IFP will continue to mobilise for the closing of schools to prevent and to possibly slow down the rate of infection and to protect the lives of our children;
- The 100% occupancy rate of mini-bus taxis grinds against the grain of social and physical distancing regulations. We believe that a national consultative dialogue between government and the taxi-industry must take place urgently.
- The provision of clean drinking water in water-starved areas across the country must be addressed urgently, if we are to assist the poorest and most vulnerable in curbing the spread of Covid-19.
-Contact: Mkhuleko Hlengwa, MP IFP National Spokesperson 071 111 0539