South African Communist Party

Tuesday, 2 February 2021: The South African Communist Party (SACP) notes the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 1 February 2021 during his address to the nation on COVID-19. The SACP calls upon every person and family in South Africa to strengthen their adherence to and ensure maximum compliance with universal COVID-19 preventative measures to protect and save life. While the infection rate in the unfolding second surge of the COVID-19 pandemic has declined, to 5 500 COVID-19 reported daily new cases from 10 000 in the past eight days, the current rate is still high. Furthermore, the new variant of COVID-19, 501Y.v2, to which the second surge is attributed, is more infectious than the earlier variant. Additionally, it is now widespread across the country. In a society in which the capitalist mode of production prevails, where goods and services are produced as commodities accessible only in exchange for money…

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