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COVID-19 vaccine protest at Cape Town hospital raises debate around mandatory jabs

The country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is now in full swing, but there are however mixed views and questions on whether vaccinations will eventually become mandatory.

Over the weekend, a group of people held a protest against the vaccine rollout outside Groote Schuur Hospital.

Professor emeritus at the University of Cape Town and practising attorney at BCHC Attorneys, Halton Cheadle, is of the view that when you rely on a constitutional right, no right is absolute and can be limited within the public interest.

“You’d see that in the law relating to seatbelts, the public interest is the individual health of drivers and passengers and the public health argument about limiting the amount of trauma, arising from motor accidents which will happen, placing pressure on one’s hospital needs,” he said.

He said that there were many scenarios that could play out, but clarity in law was needed.

“As far as discrimination is concerned, I think, when, for example, it’s a restaurant or an employer says ‘Look, though you can come and eat in my restaurant or alternatively you can come and work in my factory but you must be vaccinated’, now that would be discrimination or differentiation, that wouldn’t be unfair, given the enormously powerful arguments concerning the public interest,” he added.


In other news – EXPOSED: Khanyi Mbau’s boyfriend Kudzai Mushonga is a drug dealer?

Khanyi Mbau’s boyfriend Terrence Kudzai Mushonga is being investigated by the police for dealing in drugs.

Khanyi Mbau and her bae Kudzi

Mushonga, whose South African name is Dick Lefa Nzula, and who carries a smart ID card and a driver’s licence bearing those names, was nabbed by the police in Sandton on August 28 2019, but released when he appeared in court after the case was struck off the roll for further investigation. Learn More

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