- Julius Malema has slammed those who are spreading conspiracy theories surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine
- The EFF leader has made direct reference to Mogoeng Mogoeng's controversial Covid-19 vaccine prayer
- Malema dubbed views such as those expressed by the Chief Justice as religious extremism
Julius Malema has weighed in on the Covid-19 vaccination as the nation prepares to kick off inoculation drives
The Economic Freedom Fighters leader expressed his disdain at those spreading conspiracy theories over the vaccine:
“Vaccinations have played an important role in eradicating viruses in the history of humanity. Polio and malaria [sic] have cause havoc in societies and it was through vaccines that human lives have been spared from death. Vaccines are a necessary and inevitable intervention in defeating Covid-19."
Malema condemned 'unscientific and nonsensical conspiracy theories' seeking to suggest the vaccines are part of a sinister plot to control the population:
“Religious extremism and self-centred conspiracies of people who pretend to be intellectuals with fake stories must be undermined wherever they rear their ugly heads. It is not only unscientific but illogical as a majority of the population consumes various forms of western medicine without any fear of a depopulation agenda."
Malema urged citizens to voluntarily take the vaccine in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.
In the same breath, Malema called for the South African Heritage Resources Agency to fast track regulations to accredit traditional medicines:
“Traditional medicine has been shown to be helpful in dealing with the symptoms of Covid-19 and development in this regard must be prioritised. We must not depend on western pharmaceuticals alone."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has faced backlash after his controversial prayers on the vaccines.
African Alliance, a health advocacy organisation, has now lodged a formal complaint against Mogoeng Mogoeng with the Judicial Services Commission.
This is in response to the Chief Justice's Covid-19 vaccine comments which earned him widespread backlash.
In a lengthy affidavit detailing the complaint, the African Alliance argued that the apex judicial figure had acted in a way which was unbecoming of his office, allegedly breaching the code of judicial conduct.
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