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ANC-led alliance launches COVID-19 framework document to guide SA

The governing party and its alliance partners the South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Unions held a briefing on Thursday afternoon after their meeting.

FILE: ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) led alliance has launched the COVID-19 framework document that they said must guide the country’s approach to COVID-19.

The governing party and its alliance partners, the South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), held a briefing on Thursday afternoon after their meeting.

The ANC’s Jessie Duarte explained further what the framework document dealt with: “Preparing health facilities for treatment, getting necessary equipment for treatment, ensure other diseases are not neglected and build the national health insurance capacity and also deal with hunger.”

The ANC-led alliance has called for the transformation of the economy, saying it didn’t want to see the same situation that existed before COVID-19 after the pandemic.

President Cyril Ramaphosa also indicated earlier this week that there was a need to use the COVID-19 economic challenges to restart and transform the economy.

Duarte said the country’s economy needed to be restarted: “It will never be business as usual. We do not want to see the same economy that we have had before COVID-19 exist after this pandemic is long gone.”

Eyewitness News asked the alliance partners what this new post COVID19 economy actually looked like.

The ANC’s secretary-general Ace Magashule said: “Things must change, the economy must change. People must participate in the economy of South Africa and that is exactly what we are going to do.”

But isn’t what the ANC is calling for similar to what Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina called for?

He was rebuked by the party when he said that all commanding heights of the economy must be nationalised, the economy restarted and made to favour the majority.

Duarte thinks the statements were different: “We include everybody. We do not create a race-based economy only, but we do say we must deracialise our economy.”

The party said that their deployees in government would give effect to this structural change in the economy.