Enforcing Covid-19 vaccination is like bringing back apartheid that enforced separation of people depending on skin colour, said the ACDP president Rev K Meshoe at the Union Buildings yesterday.
When the University of Johannesburg was called Rand Afrikaanse Universiteit (RAU) during apartheid, he said, it had banned black students “who looked like me, he said.
“Now that it is UJ, though, it is banning unvaccinated students from campus, which we believe is perpetuating a policy of separating students. During apartheid, it was separation based on skin colour. Under the new democracy it is a separation based on vaccination status.”
The ACDP leader, in partnership with Free the Children, Save the Nation, led a march of about 750 protesters from Church Square to the Union Buildings. They were joined by members of the University Alliance, Free South Africa, UIM and Tshwane Waste Management Services as they marched for their constitutional rights.
At the Union Buildings Rev Meshoe handed over a memorandum to Dr Aquina Thulare of the National Health Department. In it government was accused of “declaring war against the liberties of this sovereign nation of free citizens.” The memorandum also called on government to end the “unjust and unconstitutional” state of disaster; and demanded an end to the rollout of the “experimental” Pfizer vaccine to children.
In addition, the Minister of Health and SAHPRA were told to declare that they affirm and uphold the Bill of Rights, especially the right to bodily integrity, the right to equality and the right to human dignity.
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