President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will meet this week to discuss a report from the task team set up to explore vaccine mandates, among other issues.
During the national address last week, the President said that the task team was dispatched to hold discussions with various sections of society concerning the feasibility of the move that could see unvaccinated people blocked from accessing certain services.
The NCCC could meet as early as Wednesday with Ramaphosa stressing that there needed to be a report on the table as he wanted the vaccine mandate matter to be settled quickly.
“With the rising wave of infections, we need to act quickly so that Cabinet can take a decision on this matter and of course it could all be slowed down by the intensity of consultations,” he said.
He is, however, unsure of the progress of the task team.
“The task team is meant to be active and when the NCCC meets, I’m expecting a report from the task team that we’ve set up as well as a report from the inter-ministerial committee.”
Ramaphosa suggested that public transport and workplaces among others could be limited to only those who are vaccinated when he addressed the nation last week.
Vaccine mandates have been met by backlash in some countries including the US and France – with citizens protesting that it limits their right to movement and other freedoms.
Sources: MSN, EWN
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