Johannesburg – Gauteng Premier David Makhura mentioned the province was working hard to battle Covid-19, but that was overshadowed by the reported corruption in the procurement of personal protecting tools (PPE).
Speaking on the State of the Province Address on Tuesday, he mentioned Gauteng’s full story of progress in its battle towards Covid-19 was not being instructed as the main target was on irregularities dedicated.
One of their achievements, Makhura mentioned, was increasing the capability of the general public well being system with extra beds and employees. Yet, this was overshadowed by corruption allegations, he mentioned.
“The deadly pandemic was seen as a chance to loot public funds. Corruption allegations and irregularities are currently being probed by the Auditor General as well as the Special Investigative Unit and all this undermines our response to Covid-19.”
The premier mentioned they might guarantee these discovered responsible confronted penalties and could be made examples of. He mentioned they must pay again the money they bought by corrupt means and be prosecuted and imprisoned.
According to Makhura, the pandemic is perhaps removed from over because the third wave was nonetheless on its manner, anticipated in winter. However, there was a glimmer of hope because the nation has reached the vaccination section, he mentioned.
By Monday night time, Makhura mentioned, over 5 000 healthcare employees in Gauteng had been vaccinated.
“The vaccine is the only weapon against any pandemic and vaccination must be rolled out with urgency to many people to save lives. We intend to vaccinate 10.4 million people in Gauteng and call on to people to be ready to be vaccinated in large numbers. We must save lives and need to dispel myths and conspiracy theories around it because vaccines work.”
He mentioned the second section of the vaccination, anticipated to focus on 7.3 million folks, would come with academics, cops, the aged and people with comorbidities.
The third section, concentrating on 2.7 millon folks, could be for everybody.
With regards to the economic system, Makhura mentioned the struggle towards Covid-19 has been expensive with over half 1,000,000 folks shedding their jobs. He mentioned the province deliberate to reignite Gauteng’s economic system in order that it may take the lead in the recovery and reconstruction of the nation in addition to the industrialisation of Africa.
One manner of doing that, the premier mentioned, was for Gauteng to turn into the hub for hashish in the nation.
“We want to be the cannabis hub, not to smoke it, but to process it for health purposes and to also improve the quality of life.”