- While the government claims talks for a repatriation centre in Limpopo are at an advanced stage, indications show otherwise
- Police officials have reportedly begun moving in on the premises and staff have been asked to leave
- The hotel in question, which remains unnamed, claims to be fully booked until the end of April
The government claims that discussions for a repatriation centre in Polokwane, Limpopo are at an advanced stage, it appears the deal has been struck.
SowetanLIVE reports that a four-star hotel in the capital of the province has been earmarked as a possible quarantine centre.
Both Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and ANC regional leadership are reportedly in talks over the facility to house over 120 citizens after they return from Wuhan, China.
Briefly.co.za reported that this had caused a stir as South Africans condemned the move to house the centre in a province that has yet to record any infections of the coronavirus.
SowetanLIVE spoke to an employee at the hotel, who revealed that they were told not to come into work, with patrons told to vacate.
The local ANC Youth League branch voiced their dismay over the calls to house the centre in the region in a statement:
“Our bone of contention as the ANCYL in Peter Mokaba is that the first site which was identified is the Free State, and now that the Free State has reneged, Limpopo province was seen to be a low-hanging fruit to play host to the patients. While acknowledging the work done by govt [government] of educating the people of South Africa about coronavirus, we are worried about the socioeconomic conditions that the majority of our people find themselves in. For example, if one of the employees were to contract the virus, they would transmit it to the multitudes of people that they interact with in the public transport, their homes and other places where black people socialise.”
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