Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
20 May 2020
6:05 am

Tensions in MAC boil over because ‘Mkhize erred in sidelining state bodies’

Eric Naki

One analyst lambasted the health department for dictating to intellectuals on the committee about what they’re allowed to say about the lockdown.

File image. Professor Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council. Photo: South African Medical Research Council.

The tension among members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) advising Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Covid-19 has boiled over, and that’s what could have led to one of the members openly criticising the government’s regulations. According to experts, Mkhize blundered when he sidelined state institutions, the SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and opted for Professor Salim Abdool Karim, director of the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) to lead the panel. Political analyst Xolani Dube, head of the Xubera Institution for Research and Development, questioned the rationale...