Former ANC employee Carl Niehaus shared his opinion after president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that there is a possibility that vaccinations could be made mandatory, saying, South Africa is moving towards coercing South Africans to produce vaccine passports.
Niehaus said South Africans must be allowed to choose whether they want to get vaccinated in-line with their constitutional rights.
During the apartheid era, black people needed to have a permit if they needed to travel to certain areas - this was done to limit and to control the movement of black South Africans.
Niehaus, who was hospitalized after he contracted Covid-19 earlier this year, he said his decision not to be vaccinated did not imply he is hesitant to get vaccinated, but he is simply exercising his right to choose.
"My argument is based primarily on my right as a South African citizen to have the freedom of choice, as enshrined in the constitution and in our bill of rights. I should not be forced to take a vaccine and I should not have to face negative consequences for my right to have the freedom of choice". He said.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday night, where he announced that the government had set-up a task team that will look into making vaccination mandatory for specific activities and locations.
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