- President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed that foreigners living in Mzansi will also get vaccinated for Covid-19
- Ramaphosa addressed Mzansi on Monday night after welcoming one million vaccines from India
- Ramaphosa said government aims to make the vaccine available to all adults living in the country, regardless of their residence status
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that foreigners living in South Africa will also be vaccinated for Covid-19. The president addressed the nation on Monday night, 1 February.
Ramaphosa addressed Mzansi a few hours after he and other government officials welcomed the first batch of 1 million Covid-19 vaccines from India. Ramaphosa expressed that government will be putting measures in place to deal with the challenge of "undocumented migrants" in order to record and track their vaccination history. He said:
"We aim to make the vaccine available to all adults living in South Africa, regardless of their citizenship or residence status."
According to The South African, Ramaphosa also explained that no one will be forced to take the vaccine against their will.
"Nobody will be forbidden from travelling, from enrolling at school, or from taking part in any public activity if they have not been vaccinated. Nobody will be given this vaccine against their will."
President Cyril Ramaphosa also lifted the alcohol ban and shared that beaches, dams and rivers are now open. He also adjusted the curfew by a few hours .
Following his address, Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen called for the curfew to be lifted completely. According to SowetanLIVE, Steenhuisen said freedom of movement is a basic civil liberty and there is "absolutely no justification for denying it".
"Restaurants that haven’t yet shut shop need all the trading hours they can get. Government is the weakest link."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that former president Jacob Zuma has announced that he would rather go to prison than cooperate with the State Capture Commission. Zuma said he would not longer cooperate with the Zondo Commission as long as Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is still its chair.
In a statement he released on Monday, Zuma shared that he would not abide by the Constitutional Court's recent "extraordinary and unprecedented" judgement that compelled him to appear before the commission.
In the statement shared by EWN online, Zuma shared that he is the target of propaganda, vilification and falsified claims for his stance on the transformation of Mzansi and the economy.
"I therefore state in advance that the Commission into Allegations of State Capture can expect no further co-operation from me in any of their processes going forward. If this stance is considered to be a violation of their law, then let their law take its course. I do not fear being arrested, I do not fear being convicted nor do I fear being incarcerated."
One social media user @JeleJele89 reacted to Zuma's statement:
"Wow but I thought he was waiting for his day in court. I know the commission is not court. Also he has been saying he will come out and tell the truth. Why doesn’t he come out with the truth and expose whoever is wrong or must be held accountable."
Another tweep @trueblueozz added:
"Arrest him immediately. We are supposed to be equal before the law. The law has been used to keep him out of jail, now the law must be observed to put him into jail for contempt for starters!"
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