State of Disaster was obsolete even before Omicron wave - Prof Madhi

Paula Luckhoff
March 15, 2022

Bruce Whitfield talks to Shabir Madhi, Wits Professor of Vaccinology, about government's decision to extend the State of Disaster.

The National State of Disaster has been extended for another month to 15 April, Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced on Tuesday.

Dlamini-Zuma said this is to give authorities enough time to make the arrangements that will ensure new legislation is in place "for the continued management of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic after the termination of the state of disaster".

The State of Disaster has now been in force for two years.

Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), is one of the leading voices criticising government's decision.

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