The Democratic Alliance (DA) Interim leader John Steenhuisen is calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to end a lockdown. He maintains that lockdown will scarp off the little economy left.
“The State of Disaster already extended, comes to an end in less than 24 hours, and there is no clarity at all on what happens next. This is unacceptable Mr Cyril Ramaphosa,” said Steenhuisen.
The State of Disaster – already extended – comes to an end in less than 24 hours, and there is no clarity at all on what happens next. This is unacceptable Mr @CyrilRamaphosa.
SA needs you to do the right thing for once: Find courage and end the lockdown.https://t.co/ai6CygmwN0
— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) August 14, 2020
DA leader said South Africa needs president to do the right thing for once. To find courage and end the lockdown.
The stranglehold this places on the country goes way beyond the immediate damaging effects of the regulations enforced under the State of Disaster, because it is the uncertainty that inflicts the most damage.
“Millions of livelihoods are in peril as thousands of businesses cannot plan for the immediate future, and every day more and more of them are taking the heart-breaking decision to close their doors,” said Steenhuisen.
“Where is President Ramaphosa in all of this? How can it be that a country’s leader goes missing in the midst of its biggest crisis? We know he’s around, because he can find the time to make Women’s Day addresses or pen platitude-filled newsletters about a fantasy future, which we know will never happen under his government.
“But as far as making critical and urgent decisions right now to save our economy, which is fast collapsing thanks to a self-inflicted lockdown crisis, he is nowhere to be seen.”
He said it’s crystal clear what President Ramaphosa should do. Grow a spine and end the lockdown immediately and entirely.
In addition, Steenhuisen said there can be no more talk of levels that don’t serve any purpose whatsoever other than to obliterate what’s left of the economy and jobs.