High-level figures in the DA have warned, among other things, of an “orgy of looting” next month, after the disaster regulations were extended for another month. The legislation will now be in place until at least September 15, but opposition leader John Steenhuisen is not happy with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s alleged influence.
John Steenhuisen criticizes Dlamini-Zuma for ‘approving state of disaster’
The COGTA minister – who has been accused of usurping Cyril Ramaphosa to “put the spotlight” on the government – is the politician who approved the extension over the weekend. Rather than the document being signed by the president, it is Dlamini-Zuma’s signature that appears at the bottom of the page.
Steenhuisen hinted that this was a worrying development for South Africa, suggesting NDZ would lead the lockdown response rather than Ramaphosa. This sardonic Tweet was posted earlier on Saturday:
There you have it, you can see where it is heading … pic.twitter.com/xxV5rzepqh
– John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) Aug 15, 2020
DA smoke on possible “looting orgies”
He is not the only senior DA official upset by these developments. Dean Macpherson, shadow trade minister, says Cyril Ramaphosa’s government prolonged the state of disaster “to help grease the wheels of corruption.” The politician hinted that it was an opportunity to “loot more money for another 30 days”.
Leon Schreiber, also a shadow cabinet member, predicted that an “orgy of looting” was planned for the ANC.
“We have all seen how the state of disaster facilitated the latest ANC looting orgy. It’s time to wonder if this additional 30-day extension is explicitly designed by Ramaphosa to continue the ANC’s binge eating?
It seems increasingly likely that a wave of lockdown changes will be implemented on Saturday night, with South Africa able to move to Level 2 for the first time. You can listen to Ramaphosa’s speech here, and it should start at 8:00 p.m.. “Dear South African colleagues,” there could be good news ahead.