Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls for an end to all Covid-19 restrictions, on the basis that they are doing more harm than good by restricting South Africa’s social and economic recovery.
On 23 March it will be two years since South Africa entered a three-week lockdown to prepare for the Covid-19 epidemic.
DA leader John Steenhuisen said since then, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, thousands of livelihoods have been destroyed, millions of school and university days have been missed, and billions of rands have been lost to tax revenue, which could have gone to poverty relief. “It is time to focus all of our energies on regaining and transcending what has been lost. Most of the world has opened its nightlife, but South Africa still bans nightclubs from operating. No wonder more than half of adults in South Africa are not in employment”.
Steenhuisen said people are wasting time in queues and waiting for services. Adding that as usual, this is affecting the poor disproportionately, as the poor rely more heavily on government services.
“Some police stations and other government offices still close for expensive and unnecessary “sanitising” whenever a single Covid-19 case occurs, which is wasteful expenditure.”
Steenhuisen added that the only part of the Disaster regulations that should stay in place is the SOD grant “precisely because of the jobs crisis”.