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The DA Calls On President Ramaphosa To Address The Nation

In the context of this lockdown crisis, 19 days is a very long time. Every day that our economy has remained shut has cost our country billions of Rands. Since the President last spoke.

The DA Calls On President Ramaphosa To Address The Nation-SurgeZirc SA
The Federal Party Calls on President Ramaphosa to address the nation, in this crisis/Photo File:Screengrabs

The DA calls on President Ramaphosa to come out of hiding and address the nation on the escalating Lockdown Crisis.

The party said it has now been 19 days since the President last spoke to South Africans about the government’s nationwide lockdown in response to Covid-19.
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“Since his announcement of a move to Level 4 of the lockdown, he has been missing in action and has left it to a handful of ministers to communicate the questionable decisions of the National Command Council,” said DA.

The Federal party calls on President to address the nation regularly at least once a week  and that these briefings should include the opportunity to answer questions from the media.

”We also call on him to make public all Covid19 data, along with the NICD modelling he is using to justify the continued lockdown,” the party said on statement.

This data should include Covid death statistics by age, HIV status and co-morbidity. It should include the exact state of healthcare and hospital readiness in each district and city.

The DA said it should include full transparency on what triggers a move to a different level of lockdown. And, importantly, it should include a clearly defined reason and therefore goal of the lockdown.

“In the context of this lockdown crisis, 19 days is a very long time. Every day that our economy has remained shut has cost our country billions of Rands. Since the President last spoke,

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“Countless more businesses have had to shut their doors leaving thousands more South Africans without jobs and with no income,” said DA.

These past 19 days have been devastating for those already living in poverty.

The party said desperate and hungry South Africans have had to watch as food parcels have been hijacked by ANC councillors, and how good citizens trying to feed the poor through soup kitchens and other outreach programmes have been harassed, shut down and arrested.

”We have seen the steady march of an authoritarian state brutalising citizens, arresting,” alluded Party.

They added that South Africans deserve to be treated like adults, and to be told the truth. They certainly do not deserve to be told that crucial information on the virus and the country’s state of preparation is being deliberately withheld from them “for their own good”.

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According to the DA SA deserve to be shown the same trust and respect that has been asked of them by the President. When he speaks of a social compact, surely he must know this cuts both ways.

The Federal said if the President does not immediately take South Africans into his confidence and play open cards with them, he will very quickly lose all remaining public support and compliance.

 

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Florence Sibiya for SurgeZirc SA
Florence Sibiya for SurgeZirc SA
Florence Sibiya is a highly dedicated and talented reporter for SurgeZirc SA Business News. With her passion for business and her commitment to delivering accurate and reliable news, she has become an invaluable asset to the team.
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