South African opposition leader and rabid critic of the Second Republic, Mr Julius Malema, has been forced to eat humble pie after admitting he is contemplating taking his Covid-19 vaccination in Zimbabwe as he lavished praise on the country’s inoculation programme which has received worldwide acclaim.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader this week urged his compatriots to visit Zimbabwe to get vaccinated in what has become the latest endorsement of the way Zimbabwean authorities have managed the Covid-19 pandemic.
This came after the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was impressed by Zimbabwe’s transmission and prevention measures in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, which had resulted in low level of infections and mortality.
The World Bank also noted in a report that despite a raft of challenges presented by Covid-19, Zimbabwe was poised to achieve economic growth through adaptations to the pandemic’s disruptions.
Mr Malema’s open endorsement of the country’s vaccination programme comes as local healthcare systems are being configured towards regional and continental leadership to match a middle income society.
“People are being vaccinated in Zimbabwe. I am also considering going to Zimbabwe to get my vaccination. We are going to die before we are vaccinated,” said Mr Malema.
“You were chasing Zimbabweans away and saying they are taking your jobs. It looks like you are going to be chased away when you go to look for a vaccine in Zimbabwe.
“Vaccine is available in Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans are being vaccinated, very soon you are going to be illegally crossing into Zimbabwe to go and get a vaccine,” said Mr Malema.