Mmusi Maimane has challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to open parliament first before reopening schools.
He said he fundamentally disagrees with the “rushed and ill-advised decision” to reopen schools at the beginning of next month.
Maimane started a petition calling for schools to remain shut, following the announcement by basic education Minister, Angie Motshekga that schools will reopen from 1 June 2020.
The petition has quickly gained momentum with over 46k signatories from the targeted 50,000.
The leader of the One South Africa movement said the decision to reopen schools is risky in light of the rising cases of Covid-19 cases in SA.
The One South Africa movement has proposed that schools should remain closed for a further three months.
Maimane said at the moment the DBE is simply not ready to reopen schools:
“They are not ready to deliver masks for the learners. I highly doubt that the department with the track record it has had in the last ten years will miraculously be ready on 11 days,”
“This is not a new team. It’s a department we all know very well. We know their capabilities.”
Dear @CyrilRamaphosa open parliament first. We want to see something.
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) May 20, 2020