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Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla

17th September 2021

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September 17, 2021.

For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Khutso Maphatsoe.

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Health minister says vaccination 'passport' will not be introduced to punish South Africans

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ConCourt rejects Zuma's bid to overturn jail sentence

And, West African bloc resorts to sanctions over Guinea and Mali coups

 

Health minister says vaccination 'passport' will not be introduced to punish South Africans

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla stressed today that the vaccination certificate touted by government is not being introduced to punish South Africans but rather to protect each other against the Covid-19 virus.

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address last Sunday many South Africans have voiced their dissatisfaction about the introduction of the vaccination certificate, or vaccination ‘passport’ as it is also called.

The Minister announced that there was a team working to ensure that the department rolls out the vaccination certificate through a proper implementation plan.

The Department of Health will work with the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Sports and Recreation to roll out these certificates.

 

ConCourt rejects Zuma's bid to overturn jail sentence

South Africa's top court ruled today that former president Jacob Zuma had failed in his bid to have his 15-month jail sentence for failing to attend a corruption inquiry overturned.

The sentence was handed down after Zuma failed to testify at the State Capture inquiry, which is probing corruption during his 9-year rule.

Zuma, recuperating in hospital after undergoing surgery for an undisclosed illness, asked the court in July to revoke its sentence for contempt arguing it was excessive, and that jail would endanger his health and life.

In a majority decision, the Constitutional Court rejected his arguments.

 

West African bloc resorts to sanctions over Guinea and Mali coups

West Africa's main regional bloc has imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali's post-coup transition - its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers.

The move was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States in Accra to respond to last week's putsch in Guinea and perceived slow progress towards constitutional rule in Mali following a coup last year.

Regional heads of state decided to freeze the financial assets and impose travel bans on Guinea's junta members and their relatives, insisting on the release of President Alpha Conde and a short transition.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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