Ramaphosa to meet NCCC to have vaccine mandates matter concluded quickly

The NCCC could meet as early as Wednesday with President Cyril Ramaphosa stressing that there needed to be a report on the table as he wanted the vaccines mandates matter concluded quickly.

FILE: President Cyril Ramaphosa held the first virtual meeting with the national command council on COVID-19 to assess progress and challenges on the implementation of the nationwide lockdown. Picture: Twitter/PresidencyZA

ACCRA - President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council will meet this week to discuss, among other issues, a report from the task team set up to explore vaccine mandates.

Ramaphosa briefed reporters on Sunday night, after a two-day visit to Accra, Ghana, en route to Senegal for government’s four nations trip to West Africa.

During last week’s national address, the president said the committee - chaired by his deputy David Mabuza - was tasked with holding discussions with various sections of society on the feasibility of the move which could see unvaccinated people blocked from accessing certain services.

The NCCC could meet as early as Wednesday with Ramaphosa stressing that there needed to be a report on the table as he wanted the vaccines mandates matter concluded quickly.

“With the rising wave of infections, we need to act quickly so that Cabinet can take a decision on this matter and of course it could all be slowed down by the intensity of consultations,” he said.

He is, however, unsure of the progress of the task team.

“The task team is meant to be active and when the NCCC meets, I’m expecting a report from the task team that we’ve set up as well as a report from the inter-ministerial committee.”

Ramaphosa suggested that public transport and workplaces among others could be limited to only those who are vaccinated when he addressed the nation last week.

Vaccine mandates have been met by backlash in some countries including the US and France - with citizens protesting that it limits their right to movement and other freedoms.