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Ramaphosa’s announcement that Government is looking into vaccine mandates sparks fierce reaction

by Zahid Jadwat

PRETORIA – Political parties, religious groups, civil society organisations and the general public have reacted fiercely to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that his government will hold consultations to look into the implementation of vaccine mandates in South Africa.


In a televised address to the nation on Sunday evening, Ramaphosa said: “Government has set up a task team that will undertake broad consultations on making vaccination mandatory for specific activities and locations”.


“The task team will report to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Vaccination chaired by the deputy president, which will make recommendations to Cabinet on a fair and sustainable approach to vaccine mandates.”


Speaking to Salaamedia, deputy vice chancellor of research and innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Professor Mosa Moshabela expressed his agreement with the call for vaccines to become mandatory for certain activities in South Africa. He said the interest of public health should trump individual rights.


“It’s about how what you do affects other people,” he said.  “We talk of right and responsibility, but oftentimes we neglect what your responsibilities are towards someone else. The public health framework emphasises your responsibilities to other people and so, in that framework, we are going to say that if the benefits exceed the risk then what needs to happen is that we can limit your individual rights for the benefit of all.”
“It becomes a public good and it requires more solidarity. We cannot necessarily continue to pretend or assume that our individual rights trump the right of the rights of others,” he said.
Meanwhile, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Kenneth Meshoe “reminded” Ramaphosa that “he is neither above the law, nor is he above the SA constitution” in light of vaccine mandates.


Julie Alli spoke to Professor Mosa Moshabela on News & Views. Listen to the full discussion here:

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