Politicians and citizens have weighed in on the news that Deputy President David Mabuza will oversee Covid-19 vaccine procurement and distribution in SA.
On Tuesday, TimesLIVE reported President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Mabuza will be spearheading the government’s inter-ministerial team tasked with the vaccine rollout.
Ramaphosa made the announcement during a webinar organised by the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum on Tuesday.
“Today, we established an inter-ministerial committee which will be chaired by the deputy president. I will chair the first meeting and set the process on the way so we can deal with the different aspects of vaccine distribution.
“The strategy has already been developed but the IMC [inter-ministerial committee] will be dealing with the actual mechanics of ensuring the whole process of vaccination is well done,” said Ramaphosa.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said: “Those who will be awarded tenders are expected to rub the hand of the giver, the ANC and leaders.”
One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane said the recent history of the deputy president’s tasks has shown poor results, if any.
“Then deputy president Ramaphosa was tasked with the inter-ministerial committee on Eskom and state-owned enterprises turnaround. We can see the results. Now Mabuza has the vaccine rollout. We need a public-private partnership team.”
Freedom Front Plus said the government should not be the sole purchaser and distributor of the vaccine.
“The private sector must be allowed to procure, store and distribute vaccines with the relevant regulations in place. To successfully roll out the Covid-19 vaccine programme, a public-private partnership must be established,” said the party.
On social media, many weighed in on Mabuza’s appointment, saying he “has been quiet during the entire pandemic” and questioned why he was tasked with leading the vaccine rollout.
Here is a snapshot of some of the reactions:
Anyone who has ever listened to David Mabuza speak in Parliament will know how clueless the man is about most things.
That @CyrilRamaphosa has entrusted him with anything related to the vaccine should tell u how NOT serious this government is about Covid.
— Unathi Kwaza (@Unathi_Kwaza) January 20, 2021
DD Mabuza, the most unbothered comrade will lead the vaccine roll-out😂
Yoh, emang pele!
— Nthi (@IamNthi) January 19, 2021