- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has taken some heat over comments made during yesterday's briefing
- Mbalula warned that Covid-19 was no longer a "theory" and people are dying
- Seemingly lashing out at his critics, he said the virus would take people's wives while they are busy talking about him
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has come under fire for comments he made on Thursday during his media briefing.
On Thursday, the minister briefed the media and South Africans on his department's latest measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Mbalula is receiving backlash for what media has perceived as an insensitive Covid-19 "joke".
Seemingly taking a jab at his critics, Mbalula warned that the virus is no longer a “theory”.
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"It hits at home, takes your wife while you’re busy talking in the streets, ‘Mbalula Minister of Transport, yada-yada,’ Nozuko dies at home."
TimesLIVE reported that one user on social media criticised Mbalula, saying:
"This is a slap in the face to everyone who passed away from the virus and the survivors who fought tooth and nail to survive Covid-19. Families are grieving because of this thing. So insensitive."
Another user called the video "distasteful", saying there was nothing funny about death.
One user @nelimsomi, called mbalula's words "cruel" and "tone deaf".
Several users have slammed the minister's words during a time when 4 669 South Africans to date have died from the Covid-19 virus.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that during his briefing yesterday, the minister also took time to lash out at South Africans, saying they are not respecting the lockdown regulations.
Mbalula followed the footsteps of President Cyril Ramaphosa who lashed out at the public for not obeying lockdown regulations before immediately banning the sale and distribution of alcohol on Sunday.
Mbalula even defended Police Minister Bheki Cele, who is constantly criticised for obsessing over alcohol while virtually doing nothing about gender-based violence (GBV).
Mbalula said alcohol makes South Africans "uncontrollable".
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