The African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Executive Committee in the Eastern Cape welcomes the strides of the Provincial Government in its efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and to flatten the curve.
The thoroughness of Eastern Cape Provincial government approach on medical approach has proven to be most effective owing to the reports of the highest numbers of people traced, tested, quarantined and isolated. We are convinced with the sterling leadership of Premier Mabuyane – the possibility to achieve the desired outcomes is highly possible. If people still insist on conducting religious and traditional rituals, then the desired flattening of the curve would take time to achieve with the risk higher for more infections.
We are also convinced that the Western Cape(WC) Government and farmers in areas surrounding Ceres are deliberately sabotaging all efforts to halt the spread of the virus and are acting deliberately and knowingly. This is confirmed by the number of full mini buses ferrying people from the Western Cape entering our Province without valid permits, breaking down lockdown regulations and this shows only one thing, that the Western Cape Provincial government is intentionally complicit in the spread of the virus knowingly and deliberately. We are gravely concerned with the immoral and reckless conduct of farmers in the Western Cape who continue to exploit the seasonal workers and after making their profits by releasing those workers to fend for themselves without caring about their welfare, their state of health and where they will stay and transport mode amid the realities of risks associated with Covid-19. The conduct of these farmers is racist and strongly appeal to the Human Rights Commission to investigate both Ceres farmers and Western Cape Provincial government.
The PEC has noted the recent public reports and feedback from the society, in particular negative incidents associated with two Eastern Cape MECs, and the effect of their behaviour either perceived or real on the collective effort to fight the virus, that they may unwittingly have dropped the ball and therefore distracted both the government and the public on the real fight against the Covid-19.
We view these developments very seriously and therefore implore the Premier to look at these issues and treat them with the seriousness they deserve, where necessary steps should be taken in order for government to redeem itself from this unnecessary negativity.
The ANC PEC therefore also implores its individual deployees in government to appreciate that deployment to Executive Authority is the highest honour entrusted to any member to serve the people with dignity, ethically and at all material times selflessly serve the nation with passion. The society always expect conduct of those in leadership positions to be beyond reproach and exemplary.
It is also important to note that whilst those elected into positions of responsibility must be held accountable, but this must be exercised with responsibility; with reckless statements accusing some in our leadership using all malicious and untested allegations claimed to be real must be stopped as they have detrimental implication on the standing of such individuals, their families and institutions in which they serve. Henceforth any individual with knowledge of wrong doing must approach law enforcement agencies and report so that such allegations may be tested in open courts under cross examination.
We have encouraged all individuals mentioned in various statements to approach the courts for both recourse and to clear their names.
We wish to reiterate that people of our province must play their part, as the flattening of the curve depends on each ones conduct. Let’s heed the call that was made by the father of Zambian Revolution, President Kenneth Kaunda when he said “The moment you have protected an individual, you have protected the society.”
Protect Yourself. Defend Each Other: Let’s Do It Together.
ISSUED BY THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARY OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, CDE LULAMA NGCUKAYITOBI
Provincial Head of Communications
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