On Wednesday, 16 June, EFF members along with Julius Malema convened outside of Uitsig High School in Centurion, Tshwane. Hundreds of people joined the rally as Malema pledged not to comply with the imposed lockdown regulations until vaccinations are given.
“No one is going to stop us. No lockdown nonsense regulations are going to stop us.
“Police are not vaccinated. There’s no plan to vaccinate teachers who deal with millions of children everyday. Frontline workers… those people are in danger. The nurses, the doctors and all those who work in hospitals those who were told they are a priority till today they are still struggling to vaccinate,” Malema told the crowd.
Malema further addressed the issue of racism at schools, following the incident that recently took place in Mpumalanga where black and white parents engaged in physical violence outside a school in Witbank, as a result of an alleged racism incident.
The EFF leader also called out South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa. According to IOL, Malema said that Ramaphosa had handled the pandemic poorly, adding that if anyone dies from the virus now, it should be blamed on the president.
“Every coronavirus death must be blamed on Cyril Ramaphosa. All those deaths must be put on the doorstep of Ramaphosa,” he said.
He reiterated that the EFF would confront the government by marching to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority on Friday to raise its concerns. Malema said that if they did not get a response from the regulatory authority, they would stage sleep-ins at the home of the organisation’s CEO, says News24.
“It is personal like that. There will be sleep-ins there until [the] vaccine is provided by the government,” he added.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) June 16, 2021
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