In his Freedom Day’s address, EFF leader Julius Malema says the government’s reckless re-opening of the economy was putting the lives of the majority of those who had jobs at risk.
He warned about the “premature” easing of the national lockdown regulations by government for the benefit of the economy.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has made an announcement that the country’s easing of lockdown regulations aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus will be implemented in stages, stage 5 up to stage 1 depending on how the country was doing to fight the surge of the virus.
South Africa is expected to move from stage five of the lockdown to stage four on Friday, 1 May.
Malema says the decision to ease the regulations in order to re-open the economy was influenced by big businesses who have not been making profits since the lockdown was implement five weeks ago.
In the virtual address, Malema said, “We were inspired and encouraged when the Minister of Health brought experts and professors to address the nation in scientific reading of the current period. We however do not understand the science behind the premature re-opening of the economy,”
He says many people might die from contracting the virus in the workplace and the government must be held accountable in what he calls ” murder and attempted genocide”.
“Cyril Ramaphosa and all the companies that are rushing into premature opening must know that they will have blood on their hands if our people die as a result of premature, reckless and senseless re-opening of the economy.” Malema added.
Ramaphosa has said even if the national lockdown was the most effective way to contain the virus, it was not sustainable.