Johannesburg – The Presidency notes that there was no cause for the DA to bring its court application to compel the government to report a public vaccination program already in place. This follows as the DA has agreed to withdraw the court application in order to compel the government to disclose details of its vaccine procurement plans. An responding affidavit was submitted by the Presidency in the court case detailing the country’s vaccination program. This has seen the suspension of court cases by the DA sin
The administration said it supported the change. The Presidency welcomes the withdrawal by the Democratic Alliance of its application against the government in the Western Cape High Court of the Covid-19 vaccination strategy in the region. It should be noted that government officials, including the President and the Minister of Health, issued daily public updates on these steps and that the proposals outlined in the government’s affidavit were already in the public domain.
Consequentaly, the DA had no good reason to put forward its application in the first place,’ the Presidency said. Peters testified that Molefe had told her that Swifambo director Auswell Mashaba had informed him that he was aware that Prasa was investigating the matter. This is part of the first step of vaccines by the government involving healthcare workers.
Frontline employees and ultimately the rest of the workforce would be included in the next stages. The government said that by the end of the year, the aim was to vaccinate 40 million citizens. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize promised Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson that more vaccines will be requested. In response to the Presidency’s filing, DA leader John Steenhuisen asked why it took the Presidency so long to respond to the court’s filing. “We have made it clear to the Presidency that, at every step of the way, we will monitor the implementation of the plan, and he will see us back in court if the actions of the government show that it is unable to fulfill its commitments,” Steenhuisen said.