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DA claims govt wants to use COVID-19 pandemic to reorganise state

The party said that it was in possession of a document that appeared to be authorised by the Cooperative Governance Department and was labeled top secret.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on 17 June 2020 on the easing of level 3 lockdown restrictions. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants an explanation from government after claiming it was in possession of a document, which describes the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for the “macro reorganisation of the state”.

The party said that the document appeared to be authorised by the Cooperative Governance Department and was labeled top secret.

In March, when President Cyril Rampahosa declared a state of disaster in the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak, he also set up a national coronavirus command council.

The DA claims to have documents which propose making this command council system a model of government beyond the lockdown.

DA MP Ghaleb Cachalia has compared it to a coup: “We have centralised decision making that they want to introduce and they want it to function exactly like the command council. The document goes on to say, never waste a good crisis because it’s an unrivaled opportunity to reimagine and reorganise society, addressing deep structural issues."

Neither government nor the Cooperative Governance Department have been available for comment yet.

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