- Fikile Mbalula has visited taxi ranks to hand out protective wear during the lockdown
- The Minister of Transport posted snaps of himself handing out masks to essential service workers
- The post divided South Africans and they were left arguing about Mbalula's approach to battling Covid-19
Fikile Mbalula visited the Bree Taxi Rank on Thursday to ensure the safety of individuals still using public transport.
The Minister of Transport, who was dressed in an SAPS outfit with gloves and a mask, was photographed handing out masks to taxi passengers.
He captioned the post:
"Big ups to all essential service workers."
Take a look at the post below:
The minister then shared a video where he revealed taxis and the Bree Taxi Rank had been sanitised and cleaned.
Take a look at the video below:
The posts left South Africans with opposing views. Some applauded Mbalula for his efforts to help eradicate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
However, others felt his approach to battling Covid-19 will fail, putting many lives at risk.
Twitter user, @iTouchCandi, commented:
"You are gambling with people's lives."
Masekoa, who goes by the Twitter handle @Masekoa2, said:
"As a result that you have increased the number of passengers per taxi and provides masks to them. You simply saying our lives are less valued and money comes first... you don't have a backbone man Fikile hle monna."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported Mbalula has rescinded his decision to allow minibus taxis to carry a full load of passengers during the current lockdown.
The minibus taxis are now allowed to only apply the 70% loading capacity. There was a huge public outcry after Mbalula announced regulations that allowed 100% loading capacity for minibus taxis.
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