Anguish, listening, resilience: Zweli Mkhize reflects on a year of Covid-19
On the anniversary of SA’s first case, the health minister looks back on how he’s coped with the pandemic
It was a call to the president he hoped he would never have to make, but a year ago, Dr Zweli Mkhize had to do exactly that.
“I flew to Johannesburg the night before to address a black business meeting. On my way to the airport to fly to Cape Town, I got the call about the first confirmed Covid-19 case. I was rushing to parliament to respond to the debate about the country’s readiness for Covid-19.
“I remember the rush to go and brief the president (Cyril Ramaphosa). I started by saying, this is the call I wished never to make, to report that Covid-19 had arrived in SA,” the health minister told Sunday Times Daily...