Zikalala visits SJ Smith Hostel, Wema
Premier of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)Sihle Zikalala ,together with the MEC of Health Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, visited SJ Smith Hostel in Wema, Lamontville , South of Durban on Saturday in a bid to encourage the hostel dwellers to get vaccinated.
The KZN Department of Health launched a pop-up vaccination site in Wema, this after residents had spoken out strongly against the vaccination campaign. Residents were adamant that they would not get vaccinated, amid concerns that the vaccine was a ploy to depopulate South Africa of the Zulu nation specifically, as it was previously suspected of the Apartheid government.
“We have started the campaign as the KZN Government to bring vaccination sites closer to people and we are still going to visit other areas within the Province. People need to stop being in denial, as they did with HIV/AIDS when it first came,” Zikalala said.
The Department of Health had estimated at having 60 000 people vaccinated per day, within the province, however this has not been the case.
Zikalala, encouraged residents to get vaccinated and urged them to not fall victim to the fake news currently circulating within their social circles.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to be with you today, as Wema residents. We are urging you to come out in numbers, to go and get vaccinated, to protect ourselves, your loved ones and those around you. The research shows that, if you’re infected with Covid-19 and you’re not vaccinated, you are likely to face more difficulties when compared someone who has been vaccinated,” said Zikalala.
A huge number of the residents were seen not wearing masks, during the premiers visit, with many not adhering to the Covid-19 regulations, as they were gathered in large numbers and within close proximity.
In defiance, hostel Dweller, Mancane Bhushula, a longtime resident at the SJ Smith Hostel, reinforced his views, telling the premier that he would not get vaccinated.
“There is nothing wrong with my body, I will not vaccinate. I am 100% fit, my body is capable of anything,” said the resident.