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ramaphosa2TimesLIVE reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said he was waiting for a report-back from a task team he established to investigate the possibility of making vaccination against Covid-19 infection mandatory.

“When the National Coronavirus Command Council meets, I am expecting a report from the task team we set up as well as the inter-ministerial committee. There needs to be a report and this needs to happen very quickly because with the rising wave of infections, we need to act quickly so cabinet can take a decision on this matter,” said Ramaphosa. Earlier in the pandemic, Ramaphosa on numerous occasions told South Africans they would not be compelled to be vaccinated. However, the increasing number of Covid-19 infections, the mutating variants and the slump in the vaccination drive has seen government consider the option, which some countries have made mandatory. During his recent address to the nation following the discovery of the Omicron variant, Ramaphosa announced he had appointed a task team to undertake a broad consultative process on making vaccine mandatory. Asked about the task team on Sunday afternoon, Ramaphosa said the process might be slowed by the intensity of consultations and talking to sectors of society. He indicated that he was “willing to engage with some of those constituencies”. The president went on to say: “We live in a country where people have strong views, for and against, and my task as a leader is to nudge everyone in the same direction. Through the dialogue I said we should have, hopefully we can get everyone to move in a direction where we will all be aware about the dangers of not being vaccinated.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Amanda Khoza at TimesLIVE
  • Read too, Forced vaccination plan divides business organisations, on page 1 of Sunday Times Business Times of 5 December 2021
  • And also, See you in court Mr President over mandatory vaccinations, say some civil rights organisations, on page 1 of The Sunday Independent of 5 December 2021


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