Citizen Reporter
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13 Oct 2021
10:52 am

NPO launches campaign to stop mandatory Covid vaccines

Citizen Reporter

The Hola Bon Renaissance Foundation says forcing citizens to get the Covid-19 vaccine is tantamount to 'democide'.

Around 35% of South Africa's adult population is at least partially vaccinated. Picture: Michel Bega

Non-profit organisation Hola Bon Renaissance (HBR) Foundation earlier this month launched a campaign to stop the mandatory Covid-19 vaccination of South African citizens. 

According to HBR chairperson Bontshitswe Mothopeng, the campaign wants to prevent Covid-19 vaccinations from being forcefully implemented or from becoming mandatory.

HBR said in a statement that freedom of choice, guaranteed by the Constitution, is a basic right not being adhered to should Covid vaccines become mandatory. 

The reason for this, HBR explained, was because the vaccination was “still on trial”, and “it cannot be mandatory for any human being to be part of any medical [experiment]”.

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Mothopeng went so far as to say that the state, and anyone “forcing” people to be vaccinated, is “committing democide”. 

Democide is defined as the killing of a civilian population as a result of government policy, including by direct action, indifference and neglect. 

HBR has officially launched a USSD number which can be dialled by anyone living in South Africa should they be forced to vaccinate. 

“The foundation will have a record of any business and state department that are violating the human rights, with the intention of litigating all those that are violating human rights.”

Mandatory jabs on the rise

More and more businesses and organisations are moving towards mandatory vaccines for workers. 

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla and President Cyril Ramaphosa have, however, repeatedly assured citizens that mandatory jabs on a national level won’t be implemented yet. 

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Some institutions are already in the process of instilling mandatory vaccinations, include Discovery and the University of the Witwatersrand

Wits’ decision has come under fire from its student representative council (SRC), with spokesperson Nhlonipho Nxumalo saying staff and students who do not have the money to pay for weekly Covid-19 tests, should they opt not to be vaccinated, will have to do so out of their own pockets. 

“Students and staff members who do not have the capital to pay these weekly tests will miss activities they must perform or have to undergo the vaccination against their will,” Nxumalo said. 

Compiled by Nica Richards. Additional reporting by Asanda Matlhare