Charles Cilliers
Journalist
3 minute read
28 Jul 2021
4:30 am

Refusing the Covid jab is a betrayal of the common good

Charles Cilliers

Placing restrictions on the unvaccinated is not an assault on their freedom; it is guaranteeing it for the rest of us.

Heinz Glockle gets his vaccination from Sr Lungile Dlamini at the Discovery vaccine centre at Gallagher estate in Midrand, 7 July 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

South Africa is justifiably proud of its culture of support for human rights – and it can be argued that we lead the world in this area. But there is seldom any discussion about the flip side of rights – the responsibilities of citizens of a democratic country. Having your human rights guaranteed by the constitution does not allow you to do, or say, what you want. And many are the times when your human rights have to take second place to the rights of the greater community. Nowhere is that more important than in a public health emergency like...