They are unscientific & discriminatory: Ramaphosa on travel bans

Angola, Mauritius and the Seychelles, Gabon and Rwanda have joined Europe and other regions halting flights from South Africa and its neighbours.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated frustrations felt across Southern Africa and other countries affected by travel bans, saying they amounted to discrimination.

Angola, Mauritius and the Seychelles, Gabon and Rwanda have joined Europe and other regions halting flights from South Africa and its neighbours.

Ramaphosa - who is en route to four West African countries for an official visit - told reporters on Tuesday morning on a plane that South Africa was being made a scapegoat for discovering the Omicron variant.

He said our scientists should be applauded for their capabilities of alerting the world about COVID-19 variants.

"We are also insisting that these bans must be removed; they must be lifted because you do not try and contain a virus through posing bans unscientifically and indiscriminately."