The DA has released a statement after the surfacing of more claims that Ramaphosa and Mkhize have been untruthful in stating when the vaccine negotiations were initiated.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) released a statement on Wednesday, 20 January 2021, reiterating its claims that President Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr Zweli Mkhize have been untruthful in reporting on when the COVID-19 vaccine acquisition negotiations commenced. When it was announced that various vaccines were being made available, the government claimed to have been involved in negotiations for approximately six months. However, as time went by, contrary reports came to light.
According to the DA’s statement, “President Ramaphosa’s solemn assurance that his government has been negotiating for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines for the past six months is fast being unmasked as a damage-control lie. The latest exposure of this lie comes in the form of a recorded phone conversation between a Pfizer employee and a Northern Cape businessman, in which it is revealed that the pharmaceutical company tried, over and over for many months, to enter into talks with the SA government, to no avail.”
Therefore, the statement also reiterated the countdown to when Ramaphosa needs to respond to the allegations, otherwise the leading opposition party will seek legal action. The aim of the planned legal action is to acquire documentation that will provide clarity on the actual timelines. Currently, the government has referred to the non-disclosure agreements allegedly signed with the companies as the reason for the continued silence on the matter.
See the post below.
President Ramaphosa’s solemn assurance that his government has been negotiating for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines for the past six months is fast being unmasked as a damage-control lie. – @jsteenhuisen #VaccineNow https://t.co/bAiDGwTBNC
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) January 20, 2021