EFF want ‘R5m fines, murder charges’ for businesses opening early

The EFF aren't impressed by government plans to ease lockdown restrictions, and Julius Malema believes huge punishments are needed if decisions cost lives.

EFF want ‘R5m fines, murder charges’ for businesses opening early

The EFF has arguably been the most conservative group when it comes to lifting the lockdown measures. Despite a wave of support for the proposed “levels of lockdown”, the Red Berets have remained sceptical – no-one more so than Julius Malema, who has fired a warning to businesses hoping to open ‘prematurely’.

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The political leader is fearful that South Africa is prioritising its economy above human lives. The counter argument is that a prolonged “hard lockdown” will have irreversible consequences for an already-battered jobs market and an economy that was barely functioning before this global health crisis.

However, Malema is sticking to his guns. He has revealed that his party will be monitoring all businesses which open their doors ahead of schedule, and should there be a disease-related death on their premises, both murder charges and a huge seven-figure fine should be billable to each respective company.

Multi-million rand fines for businesses opening too early?

Malema and his cronies believe that the government are not going far enough in their economic interventions, suggesting that this is a tactic to reintroduce certain industries before the time is right.

“Each and every company that re-opens during this period of lockdown must be directly held accountable for the health and safety of their workers. We as the EFF will make sure that no life is lost as a result of the rushed and senseless re-opening of the South African economy.”

“We submit that, for each worker who contracts the disease due to premature and senseless reopenings of businesses, then that company must pay R5 million the deceased’s family. Should they contract the disease, infecting their families and friends, then they must take responsibility for murder and the government must be held responsible for attempted genocide.”

EFF leader Julius Malema
Source : The South African More