David Mazuba is simply not the right man for the job, says the DA.

DEPUTY President David Mazuba is simply not the right man for the job.

That is how the Democratic and Alliance reacted to the appointment of Mabuza by President Cyril Ramaphosa to head up the inter-ministerial task team to oversee South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan.

The DA said Mabuza was ‘totally’ incapable and unreliable to oversee the vaccine rollout plan of this magnitude.

The party’s spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube said Mabuza has effectively been an absentee Deputy President since the beginning of COVID-19 crisis.

“The fact that the President has made this move proves that South Africa’s Covid vaccine plan is now no longer about saving lives. It is about his political alliances within the ANC. This is evidenced by the fact that the President made this announcement via Zoom during the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum, as opposed to an announcement via the appropriate government channels in his capacity as the Head of State,” said Gwarube.

“The South African government has fundamentally failed the people of South Africa, by their own admission, in their bungling of this vaccine process. And the appointment of David Mabuza is yet another example of this government not prioritising the health and safety of its people.”

In recent weeks, Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to rally behind the country’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan, saying government has already secured some 20 million doses of the jab.

Speaking during the ANC’s webinar meeting with the Progressive Business Forum on Tuesday, Ramaphosa urged black businesses to participate in the vaccine rollout plan.

Government has been criticised for waiting too long to enter the worldwide vaccine race with fears mounting that government doesn’t have the budget to fund the biggest vaccination drive in the country’s history.



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