Marizka Coetzer
2 minute read
12 Oct 2021
6:30 am

Petition launched to dissolve National Coronavirus Command Council

Marizka Coetzer

Public health lawyer says it was not the first time a group has challenged the existence of the council.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini. Zuma. Picture: Gallo Images / Ziyaad Douglas

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has launched a petition against the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), accusing it of being irregularly constituted and unscientific. Political analyst Ongama Mtimka from the Nelson Mandela University said he strongly supported the petition action. “It’s time the operational arrangements made to manage Covid are subjected to critical scrutiny, given the impact they may have on the political system,” he said. “Attempts by stakeholders to challenge the underlying regulatory or functional principles of the institutions formed to respond to Covid should be strongly submitted,” Mtimka said. Professor Ian Sanne, a member of the Covid...