The IFP welcomes this evening’s announcement to extend the Covid-19 Lockdown in our country by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address to the nation.This announcement has grave consequences on our economy and we further welcome the economic relief measures announced and the salary cuts of top government officials. President Ramaphosa has shown leadership in steering the country in the direction of prevention against the spread of Covid-19 with this timely announcement. Many other countries have issued the same directive in keeping their citizens at home. With over 90 000 deaths globally and more than 1.5 million cases of Covid-19, our country must be prepared to sacrifice “life as we know it” until we are clear. South Africa still lags behind in terms of testing for the novel coronavirus and we hope that government will fast-track the mass roll out of this programme. We urge all South Africans to remain calm to remain at home and to adhere to all regulations to avoid prosecution or legal action. We can all win this fight against the invisible virus which has swept the world over with grief, despair and desperate measures. Together, South Africans can do more. The IFP calls on all South Africans to comply with the lockdown regulations.
-Contact: Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP IFP National Spokesperson 071 111 0539