The South African National Christian Forum (SANCF) has withdrawn its application to the Constitutional Court to interdict the government from mandating Covid-19 vaccinations and has refiled the application with the Pretoria High Court on an urgent basis.
“We are aware of what our double standard president is planning to do, and we are ready to fight for justice for all,” says the SANCF in a media statement announcing the latest developments with its interdict application.
“The position of SANCF is not that of opposing the vaccination, but ours is against enforcing it against the will of the people,” says the statement which argues that mandatory vaccination infringes citizens’ right to bodily and psychological integrity, in terms of Section 12 (2) of the Constitution which includes the right “not to be subjected to medical or scientific experiments without their informed consent”.
In mid October the SANCF submitted an application to the ConCourt which told them the matter should first be heard in the High Court. After the forum made further representations to the ConCourt they were advised to submit a new application which they did on November 17.
Responding to questions in parliament on September 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa said government will encourage people to get Covid-19 vaccinations but will not force them. He said he believes employees may refuse vaccinations on medical and constitutional grounds.
“No one should be forced to be vaccinated. Instead, we need to use the available scientific evidence to encourage –repeat encourage — people to be vaccinated to protect themselves, but also to protect people around them,” he said.
In an address to the nation on Sunday November 28 the president said government has been “undertaking engagements with social partners and other stakeholders on introducing measures that make vaccination a condition for access to workplaces, public events, public transport and public establishments”, and that Government would be consulting on making vaccination mandatory for “specific activities and locations”.
Following Ramaphosa’s address to the nation and calls by certain groups for mandatory vaccinations to be imposed on places of worship, Freedom of Religion SA (FOR SA) have advised the president that he is legally bound to consult with the religious sector before taking such action as constitutional rights to freedom of religion and the legal autonomy of religious institutions are at stake.
In its media statement SANCF questions the efficacy of the vaccine which it regards as a risky experimental intervention. It says: “”They’re telling the unjabbed to take a jab because the jab works.. And telling the jabbed to get a booster because the jab doesn’t work. All [the] while telling everyone that the unjabbed are putting the jabbed in danger by not getting a jab that didn’t protect the jabbed.”
- UPDATE on ACDP application against vaccination of children
In a post on the ACDP Facebook page which we saw at the time of going to press, the ACDP says that a full bench of High Court judges have been assigned to hear the case. The trial, which was postponed on November 10, is expected to start on Monday December 13 or Tuesday December 14.
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