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It is time our for our leaders to lead and make vaccines mandatory now

SA will implode if it’s locked down every time a new Covid-19 variant or wave emerges

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The last time I checked, the job of the president and his cabinet was to lead the country. Yet on too many occasions our “leaders” don’t seem aware they have been given more than adequate powers to lead. Instead of doing so, they hold meetings, consult and then hold press conferences to announce they will consult even more.

Lead? No, that’s not for them.

Nothing illustrates this malaise better than events beginning on Thursday when health minister Joe Phaahla held a press conference and announced a new Covid-19 variant had been detected in SA. Phaahla was clear: “You can rest assured that as people move in the next coming weeks, this [variant] will be all over.” Now here is the thing. Phaahla and the government have been warning about a fourth wave and possible Covid-19 variants for months. When new cases started picking up, they knew the inevitable was happening: a fourth wave was here...

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