The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) released a statement condemning the decision to ease lockdown.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the country will move from Level 4 to Level 3 from the 1 June.
In a statement, the EFF said Ramaphosa’s announcement had shown the government’s resignation in fighting to save its citizens’ lives against the coronavirus.
“Government’s decision to uplift the lockdown regulations happens on no sound scientific and epidemiological basis. This is despite their repeated commitment that science will be the only basis to guide decisions for reopening the economy.
Tonight’s decision must, therefore, be categorically rejected as reckless and senseless only befitting the white capitalist establishment at the expense of black people’s lives,” read the statement.
The party also criticised the government’s decision to allow for the unbanning of alcohol sales. The party said the country’s healthcare system would now be overburdened with trauma induced by alcohol as more accidents would be reported leading to more occupied hospital beds.
“The only safe people from Covid-19 are predominately the white population due to proper sanitation, housing and healthcare conditions. Over 80% of black people will not have access to healthcare to get treatment to fight the virus,” the party said.