Forum 4 Service Delivery leader Mbahare Kekana wants president Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a public holiday for mass Covid-19 testing. 
Photo: Molaole Montsho/ANA
Forum 4 Service Delivery leader Mbahare Kekana wants president Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a public holiday for mass Covid-19 testing. Photo: Molaole Montsho/ANA

F4SD wants public holiday declared for mass Covid-19 testing

By Molaole Montsho Time of article published Mar 18, 2020

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Rustenburg - The Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) on Thursday called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a public holiday for mass testing of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Party leader Mbahare Kekana said South Africans were afforded a holiday on election day, which allowed over 30 million citizens to cast their votes, and that a similar number could be reached if a public holiday was declared for testing. 

"We appeal to the president to take extraordinary measures by declaring a public holiday and let more than 30 million people get tested. This will assist us as the country to at least have clearer statistics," he said. 

He said the party welcomed government's efforts to stop the spread of the infection, but wanted more to be done to test for the virus.

As a measure to clamp down on transmission, the country has prohibited gathering of more than 100 people. Schools were also closed and travelling bans imposed on those entering South Africa from high risk countries.  

As of Wednesday, government had reported 116 cases of infection. No deaths have been reported, and the first man to be diagnosed with the virus has recovered and been discharged from hospital.  

African News Agency/ANA

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