12 October 2020
CAPE TOWN – Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhusein on Monday said President Cyril Ramaphosa should not extend the state of disaster in South Africa and the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.
“South Africa’s prolonged lockdown must end immediately and completely. Indeed, both should have ended five months ago. SA’ epidemiological models massively exaggerated the size of the covid risk,” said Steenhuisen.
The leader of the official opposition said the extended lockdown creates oversight and policy uncertainty.
“The state of disaster undermines democracy, oversight and policy certainty. Extending it will be no more than a contribution of the government’s attempt to use bad science to promote a climate of fear that gives false legitimacy to the ANC’s growing authoritarianism. It has massively enabled the theft if state resources which is why the ANC government has been so reluctant to end it,” he said.
“Of course, the real disaster is the state of our economy which was already in the ANC – induced crisis before the pandemic hit.But it was dealt a deathblow by the ANC’s irrational, unscientific, unethical lockdown with its senseless arbitrary regulations ineffectively targeting a single risk, a risk which is nowhere near as dangerous to our country as many other risks”.
Steenhuisen said the current level 1 lockdown continues to harm businesses in South Africa.
“It continues to damage certain sectors of the economy particularly tourism and the alcohol industry , and it continues to interrupt education with no benefits to society. This charade must end now,” said.
The Democratic Alliance leader urged government among other things lift all restrictions on international travel, lift all restrictions on the trade of alcohol and to allow schooling to return to normal operations.