Mabuza Responds in Parliament

Written by on 12 May, 2021

By: Sanelisiwe Dlangamandla

Deputy President, David Mabuza, says government is not purposefully delaying the vaccination rollout plan but rather making stronger precautions to protect South Africans.

Answering Questions in the National Assembly, Mabuza says government is working closely with a regulatory board which consists of competent scientists who are advising them on which vaccines to acquire.

Mabuza adds that this is an imperative step that government cannot afford to skip.

“Government had an obligation of establishing a COVID-19 Vaccines Injury No-Fault Compensation Scheme. This is one of the critical components of ensuring that there are no hindrances in South Africa delivering a successful vaccination programme,” explains Mabuza.

He adds that government is ready to start phase two of the COVID-19 vaccination programme on 17 May if everything goes according to plan.

Responding to the issue of Eskom woes, Mabuza says it’s becoming clear that government cannot continue to rely solely on Eskom for power generation.

He says the country is in a never ending crisis with the power utility and maybe it should consider having three state owned entities that generate power instead of just relying on Eskom.

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