WATCH | We won't comply with Ramaphosa's Covid-19 lockdown rules until we get vaccines - Malema

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  • The EFF's Julius Malema says they will take the vaccination delay fight to the streets.
  • The party says it will march to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority's offices on Friday.
  • Malema was addressing his supporters in Pretoria on Wednesday.

EFF leader Julius Malema says there's still a lot to be done for the youth in South Africa to be "happy". Malema said the youth was drowning in misery faced by many challenges that the government was failing to tackle.

Malema was speaking outside Uitsig High School in Centurion, Tshwane, where a pupil was allegedly assaulted for wearing EFF regalia for the school's Career Day on 4 June. It later emerged, after enquiries made by News24 to the Gauteng Department of Education, that the student was on a seven-day suspension and had violated the school's code of conduct by going to school.

Despite this coming to light, EFF members showed up in their numbers at the school on Wednesday to commemorate the Soweto youth uprising on 16 June 1976.

Malema said:

The unemployed youth of South Africa needs jobs. [Lockdown] Level 3 will not give them jobs. Gatherings will not give them jobs. What will give them jobs is a vaccine and the opening of a country. So that they can go hunting [for jobs]. We are excluded from the economy.

The party slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa for not being clear on the vaccination rollout programme. He said it was concerning that the government still hadn't prioritised essential workers to be vaccinated.

"Police are not vaccinated. There's no plan to vaccinate teachers who deal with millions of children every day. Frontline workers... those people are in danger. The nurses, the doctors and all those who work in hospitals those who were told they are a priority till today they are still struggling to vaccinate," he said.

Malema said the party would not listen to what Ramaphosa had to say, nor adhere to the lockdown restrictions that were imposed under lockdown Level 3.

On Tuesday, Ramaphosa announced new restrictions as the country moved to Level 3, which included controlling the number of people attending indoor and outdoor gatherings.

FULL SPEECH | Ramaphosa moves SA to Level 3, with tougher restrictions on curfew, gatherings

"No one is going to stop us. No lockdown nonsense regulations are going to stop us," Malema told the crowd.

He said they would no longer listen to anything Ramaphosa had to say about the virus or comply with any of government's imposed lockdown regulations "until he gives us vaccines".

Malema said they would confront the government head-on as the party believed it was turning a blind eye to issues faced by the country.

The EFF said it would march to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority on Friday to raise its concerns. Malema said if they did not get a response from the regulatory authority, they would stage sleep-ins at the home of the organisation's CEO.

"It is personal like that. There will be sleep-ins there until vaccine is provided by the government."

According to the World Health Organisation's most recent stats, there are currently 176 156 662 confirmed cases of Covid-19, while 3 815 486 people have died from the virus.

In total, 2 310 082 345 people have been vaccinated globally.

In South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said the total number of cases recorded in the country is 1 761 066 people, while 58 087 people have died from the virus, News24 reported.

A total of 1 871 987 vaccine doses have been administered in the country, so far.

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