Fikile Mbalula is getting backlash on social media for what was perceived as an insensitive Covid-19 “joke”. The transport minister gave an update on amended Covid-19 regulations during the economic cluster briefing on Thursday.
Seemingly taking a jab at his critics, Mbalula warned that the virus is no longer a “theory”.
He continued: “It hits at home, takes your wife while you’re busy talking in the streets, ‘Mbalula minister of transport, yada-yada,’ Nozuko dies at home.”
At the time of his address, SA had 324,221 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 4,669 deaths related to the virus.
One critic said, “this is a slap in the face to everyone who passed away from the virus and the survivors who fought tooth and nail to survive Covid-19. Families are grieving because of this thing. So insensitive.”
Mbalula on Covid: usathi yada yada… gwaaap Nozuko. pic.twitter.com/AqD1xY3Pq8
— Kgothatso Madisa (@kgmadisa) July 16, 2020
— StopRape! (@dladla_miss) July 17, 2020
This is so cruel… So tone deaf, especially at a time like this. Wawu! https://t.co/ud9a32Lmtf
— Nelisiwe Msomi (@NeliMsomi) July 16, 2020
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