The EFF has promised to disobey all of President Ramaphosa’s Level 2 restrictions imposed on Sunday night, claiming that the 68-year-old has repeatedly lied to the people throughout COVID-19’s third wave.
The fiery political upstarts have a tense relationship with Cyril, and they have recently threatened to defy lockdown rules if the Municipal Elections go forward. The Red Berets are now completely dedicated to their campaign, with polls opening in 42 days, and they will resist any limitations on gatherings.
Recent polling suggests that the EFF could pick up almost 15% of the vote in this latest round of elections, which would represent their best performance at the ballot box in their eight-year history. So it’s little wonder that they are itching to ignore Level 2 regulations – and they’ve branded Cyril Ramaphosa a fibber in the process.
“Ramaphosa has a hypocritical approach to Level 2 COVID restrictions. In July, he was happy to call for citizens to take to the streets [to help police quell riots]. He also lied to the nation when he said all political parties have agreed to a restricted election environment. The EFF has stopped attending consultations, as it’s just an exercise to rubber-stamp policies.”
The third-biggest political party in SA also said that ‘no-one would be turned away’ from an EFF event that is over-capacity:
“The EFF is opposed to Ramaphosa’s continued lockdown regulations and we will not be subjected to a locked down elections environment. We will continue to campaign normally, and no South African will be turned away from participating in our official election programmes. You must register to vote on the 18th and 19th of September.”
MEDIA STATEMENT on the adjusted Level 2 Covid-19 Restrictions.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 12, 2021