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What the devil? Lord preserve us from Mogoeng’s anti-vax prayer: experts

As Africa fights to get ready for vaccinations, chief justice’s ill-advised plea to the Almighty has caused dismay

Claire Keeton and Matthew Savides

As the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday called for a special UN session to discuss fair and equitable access Covid-19 vaccines, experts were putting out fires after chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng prayed about vaccines “of the devil”.

In what Mogoeng’s office confirmed as a prayer, the nearly two-minute video, which circulated widely on social media, starts with Mogoeng saying: “Whatever phase is said to be coming, Lord, I judge it, I run it down in the name of Jesus. I lock out every demon of Covid-19.”

This is in apparent reference to comments health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize (https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-12-09-the-covid-19-second-wave-is-here-confirms-zweli-mkhize/) made on Wednesday that the country was officially in its “second wave” of Covid-19 infections...

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