The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) is on Thursday marching to the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg against what it calls “mandatory COVID-19 vaccination”.
Mayoral Candidate for the City of Johannesburg, Bishop Dulton Adams, says the ACDP will make sure that no one is forced to take the vaccine.
He says if it becomes mandatory, it will mean that South Africa is regressing to the Apartheid days, yet it’s a democratic country.
Meanwhile, members of the ACDP are gathering at Beyers Naude Square in the Johannesburg CBD, preparing to head to the Constitutional Court and hand over a memorandum.
Adams says, “We are not against vaccination, we are it for it, we are pro-choice, we want people to make a decision by themselves. We do not go with the notion that it must be mandatory, otherwise, it must be forced, people must be forced to get it.”
“And secondly, to have a passport to go everywhere, we believe it will be Apartheid in reverse really, when you have the vaccinators and non-vaccinators and I don’t think South Africa needs this after the strenuous lockdown we’ve gone through,” he adds.
Amid concerns that COVID-19 vaccinations in South Africa are not going according to the set targets, the Higher Education and training sector is once again calling on students to get vaccinated.
This comes as some universities have been contemplating mandatory vaccination for staff and students and that those not vaccinated must undergo weekly testing at their own cost.
CEO of Higher Health, Prof Ramneek Ahluwalia, says it is a bit too early for tertiary institutions to institute mandatory vaccination: