Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
18 Oct 2021
6:51 pm

Why cops can’t stop Covid-19 election super spreaders

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Free State provincial police spokesperson Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring has described the large political gatherings which took place around the province this weekend as largely 'peaceful' and well-controlled under the circumstances.

President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking to Tlokwe residents in the North West province during his campaign trail for the 2021 local government elections.Cops say they can't prevent political campaigns from becoming Covid-19 super-spreaders Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

The South African Police Service (SAPS) says while it does everything it can, it can't stop election campaign events from becoming Covid-19 super spreaders. Free State provincial police spokesperson Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring has described the large political gatherings which took place around the province this weekend as largely 'peaceful' and well-controlled under the circumstances. It is, however, up to organisers to make sure that their events are controlled in terms of Covid-19 protocol, he says. Social media reactions to mainly the events of the ANC campaigns featuring President Cyril Ramaphosa and EFF leader Julius Malema suggested concerns around how...