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Daily Podcast – February 22, 2021

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Daily Podcast – February 22, 2021

Jacob Zuma

22nd February 2021

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

Making headlines: One-third of Johnson and Johnson vaccine to be allocated to private sector; Jacob Zuma's looming court appearance was never a trial date; And, Ramaphosa says failure to implement the courts’ injunctions weakens constitutional democracy

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One-third of Johnson and Johnson vaccine to be allocated to private sector

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that a third of available vaccine doses will be for private healthcare workers.

Following productive discussions with stakeholders from the private sector, the national Department of Health and the Sisonke programme have allocated one-third of all vaccine doses available for private healthcare workers

Mkhize said the collaboration with the private sector culminated in the delivery of the first round of private sector healthcare worker vaccinations.

Despite limited planning time and a change in implementation from the CoviShield to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the programme has already vaccinated more than 3 000 healthcare workers from the private sector.

 

Jacob Zuma's looming court appearance was never a trial date

The National Prosecuting Authority says former president Jacob Zuma's court appearance on Tuesday was never set down as the start of his corruption trial.

This comes after the JG Zuma Foundation released a statement in which it said it hoped that the judiciary would not tolerate any further postponements in the criminal trial of Zuma and his co-accused, French arms company Thales.

On Sunday, the NPA stated that it was "exceedingly disingenuous" to pretend that the trial was set down for 23 February.

The case is back in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Tuesday when a date for the start of the trial is expected to be set.

 

And, Ramaphosa says failure to implement the courts’ injunctions weakens constitutional democracy

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that while the defence force is the only lawful military force in the country, the responsibility to defend the country’s democracy and uphold its Constitution rests with each individual.

He added that the country’s democratic Constitution is the product of years of sacrifice and struggle with many South Africans having endured pain and hardship, and many losing their lives, to ensure a democratic society with equal rights.

Ramaphosa raised concernce with those who occupy prominent positions in society making statements that demonstrate a disdain for the basic principles of the country’s Constitution and the institutions established to defend its democracy.

He said attacks on the judiciary should not be taken lightly, as such attacks shake the very foundations of the country’s constitutional democracy.

 

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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