The DA has scheduled a press conference to detail the legal action it will be pursuing against the government, based on its lack of confidence in the vaccine procurement and rollout strategy.
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Federal Leader, John Steenhuisen, on Sunday, 17 January 2021, took to Twitter to share an infographic detailing the leading opposition’s upcoming press conference. The party is expected to discuss its continued lack of confidence in the ruling party’s COVID-19 vaccine procurement and rollout strategy.
Before announcing the upcoming press conference, the DA had already released a statement calling out the Department of Basic Education by writing, “We are seeking a comprehensive timeline for these vaccinations. It is becoming clear that teachers are increasingly under threat due to the COVID-19 virus, as a number of teachers have already passed away since the beginning of the pandemic last year.”
The press conference will also provide a platform for Steenhuisen to finally detail the DA’s own COVID-19 vaccine procurement and rollout plan. The party has received backlash from officials from the ruling party over its efforts to acquire a vaccine for its stronghold of the Western Cape, before making in available to its other constituencies across the country.
The virtual press conference will take place on Monday, 18 January 2021, on the party’s social media platforms. The statement did not stipulate a time for the scheduled press conference.
See the posts below.
We are seeking a comprehensive timeline for these vaccinations. It is becoming clear that teachers are increasingly under threat due to the Covid-19 virus, as a number of teachers have already passed away since the beginning of the pandemic last year.https://t.co/7w6N8S4oRs
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) January 17, 2021
Until we successfully roll out a vaccine, South Africans' lives and livelihoods remain at risk. Together, we need to urgently turn the tide. 🇿🇦
Tomorrow I will be announcing the launch of our legal action regarding national government’s vaccine procurement and rollout strategy. pic.twitter.com/pObv4lQ4Rc
— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) January 17, 2021