The Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) has called for the closure of schools across the country amid concerns over the increase in Covid-19 cases.
This after the department of basic education announced this week that it would be postponing all contact sports over fears of a resurgence in cases.
Furthermore, Gauteng, the Free State and the Eastern Cape province declared that they are in a third wave.
The union said the whole country will follow soon.
EUSA claimed that schools are central to this resurgence as safety protocols have been ignored.
The union has blamed government for failing to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPEs), and failing to adequately track and trace Covid-19 cases in the sector.
“We have long warned basic education to stop its obsession of going back to what was before Covid-19 and instead focus on building a new system that will be in line with 4IR and the new normal,” it said.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that his government is actively tracking the possibility of a third Covid-19 wave in South Africa, but that it has not yet made a decision to introduce a harder lockdown.
During his state visit in France, Ramaphosa told France24 that there has been a clear increase in Covid-19 cases across the country.
“We are watching it very closely, and if (the third wave) comes, we are ready. The issue of a lockdown is something that will only be looked at depending on the severity of the third Covid-19 wave,” he said.