Don’t blame ‘vaccine apartheid’ for the roll-out mess, Cyril

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Don’t blame ‘vaccine apartheid’ for the roll-out mess, Cyril

It’s inexplicable that vaccines such the AstraZeneca that could have been used as a stopgap have been spurned

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Using the old South African trope of eliding the 27-year-in-office government from any blame or accountability for its missteps was given a whole new meaning on Monday.

The usual all-purpose, all-weather ruse of blaming apartheid is more challenging in respect of the novel coronavirus which only took root here last March, almost 26 years after the unlamented National Party government exited the Union Buildings.

But facing the crashing failure to date of his government’s (non) vaccine rollout plan, President Cyril Ramaphosa tried his best to invoke the spirit of the blame game and saddle up the old apartheid warhorse for the purpose...

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