Siyanda Ndlovu
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
25 Jun 2021
11:20 am

DA inconspicuously sneaks into EFF vaccine protest

Siyanda Ndlovu

The DA previously declined to join the EFF picket at the offices of Sahpra to demand the approval of the Sputnik V and Sinovac vaccines.

The DA put up this poster on Kirkness Street in Tshwane. Photo: Jacques Nelles

The Democratic Alliance (DA) inconspicuously sneaked into the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) march in Pretoria on Friday to demand the approval of Chinese and Russian vaccines by the South African Health Product Regulatory Authority (Sahpra).

This after DA on Wednesday declined an invitation by the EFF to join its picket at the offices of SAHPRA to demand the approval of the Sputnik V and Sinovac vaccines.

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DA spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube said to accept the invitation would be an endorsement of the EFF’s “deeply irresponsible actions” to hold a protest as the country battles the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile on Friday, the DA put up posters in the street where the EFF is protesting.

Some of the posters read “vaccination now” while others read “stop super-spreader events”.

EFF SAHPRA march

The DA’s poster juxtaposed with EFF posters in Kirkness Street, Tshwane. Photo: Jacques Nelles

Gauteng is the epicentre of the third wave of infections, contributing more than 50% of new daily Covid-19 infections.

Gwarube said to host a mass march like this would not only endanger attendees, but also those who they’ll come into contact with, “a situation which could overwhelm the health system to the breaking point for many of our healthcare workers”.

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The EFF has said it would not comply with the level 3 lockdown regulations, and accused the government of failing all South Africans dismally in providing vaccines.