Dianne Kohler-Barnard of the Democratic Alliance has laid a criminal complaint against KwaZulu-Natal premier, Sihle Zikalala on Monday at the Clairwood Police Station.
Zikalala is accused by the DA of pulling workers from their duties during the Freedom Day commemorations at the Clairwood Hospital, Durban.
The DA says this act was a contravention of the lockdown regulations.
The provincial government has however dismissed the claims made by the DA, saying..
“The premier utilised the occasion to appreciate and motivate the frontline staff..in the fight against the spread of COVID-19,”
They have since called this claim by the DA as “Fake news”.
“The KZN provincial government notes with dismay the statement by the DA alleging that it had organised a rally,” says the statement.
“The premier conducted an inspection in loco to assess the progress the province is making in ensuring that faculties are ready for quarantine and isolation. During the visit the premier also handed over thousands of N95 masks, which are a crucial part of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) being given to all frontline stuff,” explained the statement.
The statement further says that the premier carried on and utilised the occasion to appreciate and motivate the frontline staff who are manning the forward trenches in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
“Therefore, the premier did not contravene the lockdown regulations.” concluded the statement