DA in Limpopo calls for transparency during lockdown


The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has requested health MEC, Phophi Ramathuba to be consistent and transparent in her enforcement of the health regulations.

According to the DA on 17 March 2020 a lady who allegedly tested positive for the coronavirus disobeyed the self-isolation rule and visited one of the banks at Mall of Lebo where she approximately spend 30 minutes.   

The DA provincial leader, Jacque Smalle said government should trace persons who tested positive for covid-19 all the time so they could not spread the pandemic.

Smalle said his party is concerned because Mall of Lebo in the Lepelle Nkumpi municipality serves more than 23 5000 residents.

“We take note that the health department became aware of the incident in the evening of the same day and sent a screening team to the family and her neighbours. The lady was forced to remains in self-isolation at her home,” said Smalle.

He said they were concerned due to poor lack of formal communication during the incident by the health department.

“This could potentially have disastrous consequences for the community of Lebowakgomo,” said Smalle.

He believes that responsible communicators of the incident will also assist in the tracing residents who were in contact with the accused lady at Lebo Mall.

Smalle said his party recognise that civil liberties have been restricted to curb the pandemic.

“We believe that the public must be informed of such incident in the event that they could have been contact with a person who tested positive for the virus so that they may be screened or tested,” explained Smalle.

“We also calls for the MEC to immediately commence with mass tracking, tracing and screening,” said Smalle

“We believe that it is important to treat all cases without exception according to the prescriptions of the lock down regulations. We cannot now relax our vigilance in the fight against the pandemic and we call on MEC to protect lives and livelihoods of the people of Limpopo by acting decisively in this matter,” he said.

Thapelo Motseo

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