Is Mabuza Best to Lead South Africa's Covid-19 Vaccine Drive?
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that Deputy President David Mabuza will oversee the procurement and rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine. Ramaphosa said: "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." Mabuza's selection has been met with skepticism by opposition party the Democratic Alliance who said that Mabuza has a history of failure in governance and that the move "proves SA's Covid-19 vaccine plan is no longer about saving lives". SA Movement Leader Mmusi Maimane also slammed Mabuza's selection, saying in a tweet that the deputy president's recent track record has shown poor results. "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," he wrote.
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Deputy President David Mabuza (file photo).