By Daniel Itai, Pretoria, South Africa
Civic organization, Dear South Africa, has given Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as well as Chairperson of the National Corona Command Council until 31 October 2020 to revoke the current Disaster Management Act which was imposed some seven months ago.
The civic organization has since argued that there is no need for the country to continue in a state of national disaster as the COVID-19 cases were now controllable.
“The ongoing extensions of the Disaster Management Act cannot continue. During the past seven months we have had time to better prepare and gather more information in countering the virus so there is no need to extend the Disaster Management Act.
As far as the second wave is concerned we are better prepared and there is capacity for that and there isn’t any second wave.
Moreso, last year more than 20 000 people succumbed to influenza which is the common flu and if you compare with the current COVID-19 the numbers are actually lower than that and most people have recovered at home.
Furthermore, the economy and people’s lives are at risk so if the Minister cannot give us substantial answers before the 31st of October on why these extensions are continuing we are going to take her to Court,” said Rob Hutchinson, CEO of Dear South Africa.
The Southern African country has since recorded over 710 000 COVID-19 cases with more than 18 000 succumbing to the deadly virus.