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EFF demands state quarantine for confirmed coronavirus cases

EFF demands state quarantine for confirmed coronavirus cases

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have issued a response to the coronavirus pandemic, criticising the government’s handling of confirmed cases.

So far, 24 South Africans have tested positive for the deadly virus, while a further 122 are due back in the country from Wuhan, the Covid-19 epicentre, in the weekend.

EFF slams government’s handling of coronavirus cases

The citizens, who have been repatriated from China will, upon landing, be sent for quarantine at Protea Hotel’s The Ranch Resort in Polokwane.

The EFF have slammed this move, suggesting that state quarantine be prioritised for confirmed cases instead of those yet to test positive.

“It is ironic that over 130 South Africans from Wuhan who have been confirmed not to be infected will be under forced, state quarantine. Yet, people who are infected are allowed to ‘self-quarantine’. This shows the inconsistency and absolute incompetence South African government policy on the spread of the virus,” EFF national spokesperson Vuyani Pambo said in a statement.”

Revisiting Robben Island

The red berets have gone as far as recommending what it sees as suitable sites for state quarantine.

The party named Robben Island – the former maximum-security prison which held political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela – as a possible site to send those infected with the coronavirus.

“It is clear that South Africa does not have a special coronavirus facility to commit the infected persons to. This, Robben Island or a special facility must be immediately identified and prepared for medical care of all persons infected with coronavirus,” he said.

“It is irresponsible and utterly dangerous for the government to allow unmonitored self-quarantine. This did not work in other countries and will obviously not work here. Coronavirus will sweep all over our country with supersonic speed, all because the government lacked the courage to quarantine the infected.”

Vuyani Pambo

Covid-19 spreading at “supersonic speed”

The novel coronavirus broke out earlier in the year and has since infected close to 150 000 people, with the death toll crossing the 5 000-mark.

South Africa recorded its first confirmed case on 1 March, and the number has risen steadily in the past week.

The EFF cautioned the government against what it deems a lack of action.

The EFF has called for the immediate quarantine of all coronavirus infected persons.

The EFF has called for the immediate quarantine of all coronavirus infected persons.

robben island prison.PNGThe EFF has called for the immediate quarantine of all coronavirus infected persons.

In a statement, the EFF’s Delisile Ngwenya says: “It is ironic that over 130 South Africans from Wuhan who have been confirmed not to be infected will be under forced, state quarantine. Yet, people who are infected are allowed to ‘self-quarantine’. This shows the inconsistency and absolute incompetence South African government policy on the spread of the virus.”

On Saturday morning, a group of South Africans who were repatriated from Wuhan, China arrived home at the Polokwane International Airport on a special SAA flight.

 

The EFF called for the immediate quarantine of all who are infected; preferably in Robben Island.

“It is clear that South Africa does not have a special Coronavirus facility to commit the infected persons to. Robben Island or a special facility must be immediately identified and prepared for medical care of all persons infected with Coronavirus,” said Ngwenya.

“The risk does not come from the 130 South Africans from China, it comes from infected persons allowed by the authorities to self-quarantine,” she said.

Ngwenya insists: “It is irresponsible and utterly dangerous for the government to allow unmonitored self-quarantine.”

MEDIA IS INVITED TO RSVP FOR THE EFF 6TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

MEDIA IS INVITED TO RSVP FOR THE EFF 6TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Monday, 22 July, 2019
The EFF invites all media houses to RSVP for the EFF 6th Anniversary Celebration taking place on the 27th of July 2019. All journalists and other related staff must send their full
name, name of publication or broadcaster they work for, and cellphone contacts to the following email address: communications@effonline.org

Closing date for RSVP: 25 July, 2019 (Thursday)

The Stadium site visit and accreditation will take place under the following details:

Date: 26 July, 2019 (Friday)
Time: 12h00
Venue: Kanyamazane Stadium, Mpumalanga.

CIC JULIUS MALEMA WILL ADDRESS THE MEDIA ON SACPs PLANS TO PROTEST IN DEFENSE OF THE ROGUE UNIT TODAY AT 17H30

CIC JULIUS MALEMA WILL ADDRESS THE MEDIA ON SACPs PLANS TO PROTEST IN DEFENSE OF THE ROGUE UNIT TODAY AT 17H30

CIC JULIUS MALEMA WILL ADDRESS THE MEDIA ON SACPs PLANS TO PROTEST IN DEFENSE OF THE ROGUE UNIT TODAY AT 17H30

Thursday, 18 July, 2019
The CIC Julius Malema will address the media to respond to the plan by the SACP to protest in defense of the Rogue Unit. The address will take place under the following details:

Date: 18 July 2019
Time: 17h30
Venue: Marks Building M412413
ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS:
Contact: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (National Spokesperson): 076 834 7308
Sixolise Gcilishe (National Communications Manager): 071 142 1663
Email: communications@effonline.org
Website: http://www.effonline.org
Facebook: Economic Freedom Fighters
Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica │ IG: EFFSouthAfrica

The EFF has thrown its weight behind Public Protector

The EFF has thrown its weight behind Public Protector

The EFF has thrown its weight behind Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and has even offered her legal assistance. She’s come under fire after her report found that outgoing Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, acted improperly. This was for approving former Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s early retirement. Mkhwebane’s recommended that President Cyril Ramaphosa take action against Gordhan for violating the constitution. A number of groups have come out in support of Gordhan. In response, Gordhan’s approached the courts to ask for a judicial review. EFF leader, Julius Malema, joins us live to discuss his party’s position on the matter. Courtesy #DStv403