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Furiously angry Ramaphosa says he has left a question open

President Cyril Ramaphosa has used his four nation visit to West Africa to criticize the Western nations for ignoring science and looking out for their own selfish interests in fighting coronavirus.

Over the past few days on his trip to Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal, Ramaphosa has accused powerful nations of hoarding vaccines and a knee-jerk response to the Covid-19 omicron variant which was discovered by South African scientists last month - this has got South Africa and its sister countries in hot water, as travel bans have been imposed on them.

"They ordered more vaccines than their populations required and when we wanted vaccines, they kept giving us the crumbs from their tables". Ramaphosa said as a special guest at the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security.

"The greed they demonstrated is quite disappointing, particularly when they say they are our partners, because our lives in Africa are just as important as their lives in Europe, North America and all over".

Ramaphosa arrived in Dakar on Sunday night accompanied by ministers Naledi Pandor, Mondli Gungubele, Thoko Didiza and Barbara Creecy on the last-leg of his visit.

"I've left the question open. I've said that I'd like discussion to ensure in the country. We live in a country where people have a number of strong views, for and against. And my task as a leader is to nudge everyone in the same direction". Said Ramaphosa during his visit in Senegal on Monday.

As the country is battling its fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, Ramaphosa says a meeting with the national coronavirus command council to review the state of the pandemic will take place soon.

The president will land in the country on Wednesday, after calling an urgent meeting with the national coronavirus command council. He called for more discussions on mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for people to enter certain public spaces and activities.


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