The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have called for a national shutdown amid the frustration South Africans currently face with regard to an “incompetent and directionless government,” said the party.
The EFF addressed the media on Thursday with leader Julius Malema at the helm. The outspoken leader noted that the ANC was no better than a criminal syndicate adding to the woes of South Africans, including crime, cost of living, and the spiralling unemployment rate, as per EWN.
Load shedding and high petrol costs have been one of the biggest frustrations. The party, alongside other organisations, are demanding the end of load shedding, a reduction in petrol prices to 2018 rates, and the immediate arrest of Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the Phala Phala farm incident.
“The EFF will also form part of all the progressive formations and the organisations in South Africa to plan and engage a national shutdown, which will seek to remove Cyril Ramaphosa from office. The nature of the character of our national shutdown will not be a candle-holding and white flags type of a shutdown. It will be a shutdown that must communicate to the sitting government that, enough is enough.”
The EFF are not alone in its calls for something urgent to be done as the Western Cape Government joins the chorus.
The Western Cape Cabinet conducted a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing load shedding which has negatively impacted the province.
According to MEC for local government, environmental affairs and development planning, Anton Bredell, he had written to National Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, to place a spotlight on the severity of the situation after Eskom implemented Stage 6 load shedding, as per IOL.
Bredell has called for a nationally coordinated disaster management approach to aid in easing the dire situation.