27 April 2020
As the country celebrates 26 years of freedom today, the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has called on all South African to engage in the ultimate form of active citizenry, by taking ownership and responsibility of managing the spread of COVID 19 in all parts of the country, that threatens our very existence if not managed with vigilance.
Ironically so, Freedom of Movement enshrined in Section 21 of the Bill of Rights has most certainly been dealt a severe blow, as COVID 19 instead guarantees a new show.
If freedom can once again be totally free, we have a collective duty to ensure that the livelihoods of those workers most affected by COVID 19, are restored and revitalised with dignity. Critically evaluating anti – COVID-19 measures in all industries, irrespective of the Levels of Lockdown remains essential to avoid any reversals of the gains that have been made.
Schools and higher education institutions remain an absolute priority as back to school measures expected to be announced by Basic and Higher Education Ministers Angie Motshekga and Blade Nzimande respectively are not taken as fail-proof, remains one of the key concerns. Protecting millions of these young people who are the future and leaders of tomorrow of this great country, from the deadly COVID-19 contagion, is what #Freedom Day SA 2020 should all be about. The nation should therefore spare no efforts in demanding of Government, that it should not rush but put carefully planned and stringent measures in place that will effectively prevent educational institutions from becoming epicentres of COVID-19 transmission which could trigger disasters of unimaginable proportions.
Now more than ever, this rainbow nation needs to demonstrate its tenacity by showing the true meaning of a new social compact, to avoid this very existential threat of our beloved South Africa. So as millions of South Africans celebrate Freedom Day 2020 in Lockdown, we continue to appeal to all, to Be Safe, Be Careful, Be Responsible and Stay Home.
For interviews please contact:
Ms Riefdah Ajam
FEDUSA General Secretary
079 696 2625
FEDUSA Media and Research Officer
072 637 8096