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Don’t use COVID-19 as excuse to shelve local polls, urges Minister Dlodlo – SABC News

State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says the COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t be used as an excuse to postpone Local Government Elections in October.

Dlodlo made the decision throughout her go to to vaccination websites within the Western Cape. She visited Khayelitsha and Groote Schuur hospitals in Cape Town.

Her remarks come amid calls from some political events, such as the EFF, for the elections to be postponed to 2024.



At the weekend, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tweeted in regards to the risks of election rallies, door-to-door campaigning and voting strains amid the coronavirus outbreak. He says the elections must be postponed to save lives.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has beforehand stated that there is no such thing as a Constitutional provision to postpone elections.

“We can’t stop election based on fact that there is COVID. Many countries have had elections and many of them have hardly had an upsurge. So we can’t use COVID as an excuse to not have elections in countries,” says the State Security Minister.

Dlodlo elaborates on her views on COVID-19 and elections:

On the vaccination readiness on the Khayelitsha Hospital’s vaccination web site, Dlodlo says she’s happy that the positioning is totally ready to do its work as vaccination is about to resume on Wednesday.

At the hospital, simply over 4 000 healthcare staff have been vaccinated to date. Management says there was some preliminary hesitation following experiences of blood clots in America. But because the resumption of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the replace of vaccinations have elevated. They now vaccinate up to 280 well being care staff per day.

The Deputy Director of the Comprehensive Health Programme on the hospital, Sheila McCloen, explains that to date, no critical hostile occasions have been reported.

“We’ve had allergic reactions, blood pressure spikes and days later people would talk about a temperature, but we haven’t had any major adverse events here,” says McCloen.

Regarding the winter interval, Dlodlo says the identical well being protocols such as the washing of palms and social distancing applies.

“What I’ve seen is a province ready to roll out the vaccination programme with a lot of work done. I get the impression – I came with some of my staff working around the clock that measures put in place to ensure there is safety all round for vaccines and also protocols for safekeeping are adhered to, is effected. So I am happy with what I see,” she says.

Dlodlo is a part of the 16-member Interministerial Committee appointed to assist with fast choice making across the clean rollout of the vaccination programme.



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