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Marianne
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The lockdown must end, it has caused 3 million to loose their jobs, businesses have closed never to open. People are protesting, crime iron the increase. There has been to much coruption in goverment and their families, prisoners released and innocent people arrested, we income tax payers are suffering as a result from increases in property rates, electricity increases whilst fraudsters just get richer, no public parties have even been arrested even though the president assured SA that they would be prosecuted those that were involved and money or assets attached. Lift the lockdown and stop the crime and civil unrest.
Marianne
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The entire govt is corrupt , steal from the suffering people, release prisioners to make space for innocent people wh.o walked on the beach.
The economy will never recover, 3 million now unemployed and people straving, they will die and crime on the increase and farm murders. There are already protests and jobs being lot and BEE inforced.
Marianne
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Its destroying our economy there are already 3 million without employment .
Thus families that are starving , increased crime , increased violence and protests which are further destroying the econaomy. Many will never be re-employed again and some businesses will never reopen their doors again. Thus the unemployment , starvation and crime will just keep on increasing along with farm murders. Most SAP etc just standbuy and watch, also the mismanagment and theft of funds meant to assist never reached
them went in criminals.Open up the economy. People are suffering. Let the people get back to work to support their families. There's alot of discrepancies regarding these rules. Schools can open ,remove curfew and allow churches and relgious groups to gather and worshio God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit
T
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Government don't know what they are doing. They open illicit trading of alcohol, tobacco, by closing legalised selling. ~ this proof ANC govt preferance for corruption. #anc. must. fall.
Ben
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Lana
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The entire Government is corrupt, steal from the suffering people, release prisoners to make space for innocent people who walked on the beach?! We haven't seen our friends & families since March. This is ridiculous. No other country has had a smoke & alcohol ban. This is an excuse for these communistic socialists to take over and opress the people. Middle-class is disappearing fast, with small businesses closing down and higher unemployment rates. You're going to end up with a civil war.
Anette
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ALL the onerabil membas in Government, THE WHOLE LOT, must be brought to book and through a fair judicial process be incarcerated for putting innocent, tax paying citizens, under their reign of terror and diabolical house arrest, causing loss of jobs with sky rocketing unemployment figures, using the police and military forces to terrorize us and cause economic collapse and undue suffering to the poorest of the poor. We don't live in a democracy. This is Fascism in all its horrible detail. ALL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE GUILTY. THEY ALL BACKED CYRIL'S DIABOLICAL PLAN
Carol
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Open up the economy. People are suffering. Let the people get back to work to support their families. There's alot of discrepancies regarding these rules. Schools can open but not restaurants and gyms. All are indoors.
Laura
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Laura
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Joshua
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I would much rather have a virus kill me than the ANC, at least the virus has no agenda. The ANC is slowly and agonisingly starving the people of South Africa. The ANC is less humane than COVID could ever be.
Joshua
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I would much rather have a virus kill me than the ANC, at least the virus has no agenda, the ANC is slowly and agonisingly starving the people of South Africa, the ANC is less humane than COVID could ever be.
Gill
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Brutal, ill-considered, unconstitutional regulations and government using this pandemic to force unrelated agendas on us.
Gill
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Brutal, groundless regulations and using the pandemic to expedite unrelated agendas on us.
Jacques
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Media release – for immediate distribution

Issued by Dear SA, 8 May 2020

Dear SA challenges government over e-commerce ban and 3-hour exercise limit

Attorneys for civil rights group DearSA today delivered a letter of demand to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, challenging the government’s ban on e-commerce and its limitation on outside exercise to three hours a day.

The organisation has requested the government amend the Covid-19 lockdown regulations to allow for all forms of online retailing on the grounds that this would support rather than impede the campaign to stop the spread of the virus.

It also wants government to allow South Africans to engage in any form of non-group outdoor exercise during daylight hours, as opposed to the current daily allowance between the hours of 6h00 and 9h00.

Attorney for Dear SA, Daniel Eloff of Hurter Spies Inc, has also notified the minister that unless a response is received by the close of business on 14 May 2020, Dear SA will be compelled to seek urgent relief in court.

“Our client, however, trusts that unnecessary litigation could be avoided and look forward to your urgent response,” concludes Eloff’s letter to the minister.

The letter raises concerns that government decisions over the lockdown are ad hoc rather than data-driven, which has resulted in a potential massive economic overkill.

Cost of protracted lockdown to human life worse than the disease

The letter to the minister cites data from Pandemic Data and Analytics (PANDA) showing the years of life lost to South Africans as a result of the lockdown could be 29 times more costly to life than the disease itself.

PANDA estimates that nearly 14 million years of life could be lost to the population of SA as a result of the lockdown.

Massive overkill

Various economic studies, some of them by government itself, show that a prolonged lockdown will have a devastating impact on the economy, with the construction sector likely to suffer a 30% decline in employment. A study by SA-TIED suggests the financial and manufacturing sectors are likely to experience a 15% decline in employment if the lockdown is prolonged.

The effect of the lockdown will be a massive decline in the demand and supply of many industries, with particularly severe effects in the service sectors, such as restaurants, entertainment, tourism, travel and hotels, according to SA-TIED.

In a presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance, National Treasury recently warned that it was projecting between 3 and 7 million job losses as a result of a protracted lockdown to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Further data from the Actuarial Society of SA shows that the risks of Covid-19 are highly correlated with age, with more than half the cases requiring hospitalisation in SA occurring in the 70+ age group. Fewer than 5% of all cases requiring hospitalisation are aged below 40.

Lockdown measures cannot stop the virus from spreading, but they can slow down the speed of infections. Lockdowns will not save the lives of those who contract Covid-19 and do not require hospitalisation. They also do not save the lives of those who contract the virus and would sadly and regrettably succumb to the disease even if they gained access to an ICU bed. They only assist those who contract the virus and would survive if they were hospitalised but are unable to receive such care because the health system has been overrun.

Opening e-commerce would reduce contact between infected persons

Dear SA also points to a study showing that the key benefit of e-commerce is that it substantially reduces contact that would be experienced in physical stores. To therefore ban e-commerce on the grounds that this is unfair to bricks and mortar stores is irrational if the purpose is to stop the spread of the disease. Bricks and mortar stores are far more likely to accelerate their online offerings if allowed to do so.

The letter also cites studies from China showing that pandemic outbreaks are much less likely to spread outdoors than indoors. “This means people should be given more freedom to exercise outdoors during daylight hours,” says Dear SA. Limiting the exercise window to three hours a day creates congestion and raises the risk of transmission.

Dear SA says it is calling for a reasonable approach to regulations aimed at addressing the public health issue.

Contact Daniël Eloff of Hurter Spies Inc.

deloff@hurterspies.co.za

082 838 5290