ANC’s Khawe: Africans must reject vaccine not developed on the continent

The ANC's Gauteng provincial secretary said Africans should reject any vaccine that had not been developed on the continent and not tested over at least two to three years.

FILE: The ANC's Gauteng secretary Jacob Khawe casts his ballot at Emfuleni voting station on 8 May 2019. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng provincial secretary Jacob Khawe is the latest leader caught on camera publicly issuing warnings against vaccines.

He said Africans should reject any vaccine that had not been developed on the continent and not tested over at least two to three years.

In a clip doing the rounds on social media, Khawe is seen speaking at the funeral of ANC Tshwane councillor Daniel Mojela who died from COVID-19 on Wednesday.

He warned that the current wave was more dangerous and said the behavioural change was the answer to beating the virus.

“And we should not enter a global space of a debate about a vaccine. We must stand together as Africans and say there is no vaccine that is going to be tested on us if it has not be tested on its people.”

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Just this week, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal had to deal with one of its councillors who claimed the pandemic was linked to 5G towers and that white people had the vaccine. Other conspiracy theories also bandied about was that the West and China (separately) "started" the virus. There is no evidence to show that this is true. Government also said that anyone creating or spreading fake news could be prosecuted.

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Late last year Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng also came under fire over his public prayer against what he called “666 vaccines” being used on South Africans.

Government has been roasted over its attempts to acquire a vaccine, with many experts saying South Africa should have started the process six months ago already.

Khawe said a vaccine had to come from Africa or another BRICS nation.

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