The Democratic Alliance (DA) has praised the police for their actions against the Economic Freedom Fighters following their ‘reckless’ march to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) offices.
The police opened a case against the EFF march organisers, following their protest outside the SAHPRA offices in Pretoria on Friday.
The party demanded that vaccines from Russia and China be approved for use.
Party leader Julius Malema said they gave the health regulators seven days to give Sinovac and Sputnik V the green light for emergency use in the country.
Floyed Shivambo twitted that SAHPRA is authorized in 67 countries and there has never been any negative consequences and reports about the vaccine.
“Yet the government is still refusing to authorise SPUTNIK V in South Africa because of private business interests. Let’s force them to”
The DA Chief Whip, Natasha Mazzone, slammed the march as a cheap political stunt designed to postpone the local government elections, and in contravention of the lockdown regulations.
Vuyani Pambo, an EFF spokesperson, said in a statement on Thursday that the march was open to all South Africans, including political parties, non-profit organisations, religious groups, and small business owners.
The DA warned that the protest could turn into a “super spreader event”.
“The Economic Freedom Fighters do not care about saving lives,” said Mazzone. She added that “if the party did, they would not have conducted a march that violated the lockdown regulations and put the safety of their followers at risk.”
The EFF’s march was perilous since it coincided with the third wave of the pandemic, which was threatening the health-care system in the province.