The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described the extension of the National State of Disaster, which ended on Thursday, as is a blatant power grab.
DA Leader, John Steenhuisen said the extension is opportunism by the party, which controls every aspect of people’s life.
The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has gazetted the extension by another month.
“We must also sustain our commitment to remain responsive, agile, and compassionate, as we work to save lives and protect the livelihoods of all South African. The National State of Disaster will be in effect for another month until 15 November 2020,” Dlamini-Zuma said in a statement.
Steenhuisen said the extension has absolutely nothing to do with COVID-19.
“Recently, the country recorded about 10 deaths from COVID-19 per day in a country where the average daily death rate exceeds 1200. About 40 people die every day on the roads SA roads too. Here we are not giving extraordinary powers to the government to shut down our highway network, “said Steenhuisen.
Steenhuisen said the move is an anti-democracy that will hinder our economic recovery by reducing the security of investment and perpetuating irrational and ineffective government restrictions on lockdown.
“The government is abusing the shortcomings of the Civil Protection Law, which the public prosecutor questioned in court,” added Steenhuisen.
DA said that the real disaster is increasing poverty, unemployment, and growing inequality because of disaster in our country and its terrible and prolonging lockdown.