SA disbands Covid team that fought with government

Health minister to reconstitute the committee.
Minister Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health. Image: GCIS

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize disbanded the government’s scientific advisory committee on the coronavirus, some of whose members have openly disagreed with state measures to tackle the disease.

Members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 were advised by letter this week that the group is being reconfigured, Francois Venter of the University of the Witwatersrand, and Glenda Gray, chief executive officer of the South African Medical Research Council, confirmed by text message on Saturday.

The disbanding follows Mkhize’s announcement on Sept. 14 that he would reconstitute the committee, News24 reported, citing the one-paragraph letter.

The 51-strong committee, headed by Salim Abdool Karim, was created earlier this year to advise Mkhize on how to handle the pandemic.

Some members of the council, including Gray and Venter, disagreed with the government’s decision to curb economic activity in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. Gray’s criticism of some of the measures as “unscientific” in May prompted Mkhize to accuse her of lying and led to a spat between the government and the academic community. Shabir Madhi, another MAC member who heads up the South African arm of a vaccine trial, has also been critical.

South Africa recorded 668,529 cases and 16,312 deaths as of Friday, giving it the largest number of infections in Africa. More than 4.1 million people have been tested, out of a population of 59 million. The rate of coronavirus infections has slowed markedly over the past month.

The Health Ministry didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

© 2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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TSK!!!!

These people????? Hey???

When they silence the voice of reason and brush the scientific facts aside, then we are at the mercy of the irrationality of self-serving power-seekers with their personal agendas. They enslave us with the tyranny of ignorance, false philanthropy and bad science.

“Liberalism and capitalism address themselves to the cool, well-balanced mind. They proceed by strict logic, eliminating any appeal to the emotions. Socialism, on the contrary, works on the emotions, tries to violate logical considerations by rousing a sense of personal interest and to stifle the voice of reason by awakening primitive instincts.” –
Ludwig von Mises

Now is the article said “SA disbands ANC….” that would be great news…

on a more serious note.
these professionals should not waste their time with this useless bunch. let Mkhize make the poor decisions, he wants to anyway.

The vindictive ANC and the Command Council cannot stand dissent even if it is the truth.

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