The FF Plus demands that the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, must be held more accountable by appearing before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on a regular basis. The Minister has appeared before the Committee only once since the lockdown regulations were implemented and today, he was absent as he is apparently unwell.
Patel plays a key role in the government's National Command Council and the issuing of regulations that inevitably impact the country's economy. The Minister's overreaction with some of the lockdown regulations and his micro-managing of the South African trade has done irreparable damage to the economy, which will result in extensive unemployment and famine.
The FF Plus demands that many of the irrational regulations that restrict trade must be repealed immediately so as to stimulate the country's economy.