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We’re not trying to control your lives: health minister on Covid ...

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Pandemic interim phase

We’re not trying to control your lives: health minister on Covid grey zone

Joe Phaahla says now the state of disaster has been repealed, SA needs health measures to keep us safe

Senior science reporter

With the state of disaster over, minister of health Joe Phaahla is out to debunk myths that his department is now trying to “control South Africans”.

Speaking at a government briefing on Tuesday, just hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa repealed the measure, Phaahla said: “Some are accusing the health department of taking over from the disaster act to control people’s lives, but remember, this is not the first notifiable disease we are dealing with. We have had listeriosis, an ebola scare, and others.

“Other political parties allege we just want to control people’s lives and now it is going to be the health department doing that. That is very far from the truth. We need public health measures that make us safe and allow us to carry on with our lives.”..

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