- The Democratic Alliance has announced that they would make their own submission for the Nobel Peace Prize
- The DA has said that they would be nominating South African healthcare workers for the prestigious prize
- This comes after a massive social media backlash to President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the Cuban Medical Brigade would get nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Instead of the Cuban Medical Brigade, the DA has announced that it will nominate South African healthcare workers for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.
South Africans were divided after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the team of medical experts from Cuba would be nominated by the South African government.
This, however, was seen as a slap in the face of South African health workers who fought on the frontlines against Covid-19.
The DA said that the nomination of the Cuban Medical Brigade came as a shock to the party. The DA said that South African healthcare workers have been working in almost impossible conditions to fight the Covid-19 infection.
There was quite a severe backlash on social media to Ramaphosa's announcement.
According to Times Live, the Cuban medical officials arrived in Mzansi last year during the peak of the first wave. The Citizen reported that some SAns have argued that the Gift of the Givers should be rather nominated or receive some sort of recognition for their good work.#
Additionally, South African politician and ActionSA president Herman Mashaba has expressed distaste regarding the Cuban Medical Brigade being nominated by South Africa for a Nobel Prize. Mashaba shared his thoughts on Twitter, writing:
"I, Herman Mashaba, a citizen of the Republic of South Africa, nominate our very own South African Frontline Doctors, Nurses & Ancillary Workers for the Nobel Peace Prize, instead of Cubans Doctors as proposed by @PresidencyZA."
This has resulted in the DA announcing that it would submit its own application for South African healthcare workers for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2022.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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."
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