Dozens of former president Jacob Zuma's supporters singing his praise songs as they parade the streets of Nkandla, just outside his home on Sunday. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)
Dozens of former president Jacob Zuma's supporters singing his praise songs as they parade the streets of Nkandla, just outside his home on Sunday. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)

LOOK: Nkandla gathering has Health minister worried

By Sibusiso Mboto Time of article published Jul 4, 2021

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DURBAN - AS hundreds of people made their way to former President Jacob Zuma’s home in Nkandla, acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi Ngubane has expressed concerns about the gathering becoming a Covid-19 super spreader.

Pictures and videos, posted on different social media platforms, showed many people not wearing masks or observing social distancing protocols at the gathering.

The minister wrote on her Twitter account that the mass gathering of people, from different parts of South Africa, could have dire implications for the country, as infections continue to rise.

“I shudder to think of the after-effect of Nkandla gathering, with the current Covid-19 (Delta) variant,” she wrote.

She cited instances where there had been mass gatherings and how this impacted on the spread of the coronavirus.

“After the Pretoria march, court protest in Johannesburg and marches in Soweto, we saw numbers surge to above 26 000 last night,” the acting minister added.

Acting Health Ministry spokesperson Hlengiwe Nhlabathi-Mokota confirmed that the account was that of the acting minister.

Many people on social media also questioned why many people were being allowed to transgress the level 4 lockdown rules, which indicate that gatherings have been banned, in order to limit the spread of the virus.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), 61 507 Covid-19-related deaths have been recorded in South Africa.

The latest statistics from the Health Department show that there are 16 861 active cases in KZN, with 10 730 deaths recorded so far, and 331 406 recoveries.

A dozens of former president Jacob Zuma's supporters singing his praise songs as they parade the streets of Nkandla, just outside his home on Sunday. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)

A dozens of former president Jacob Zuma's supporters singing his praise songs as they parade the streets of Nkandla, just outside his home on Sunday. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)

Former president Jacob Zuma's controversial son Duduzani Zuma parading the streets of Nkandla with a handful of his comrades on Sunday as they await former president's address later. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)

Former president Jacob Zuma's controversial son Duduzani Zuma parading the streets of Nkandla with a handful of his comrades on Sunday as they await former president's address later. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)

Former president Jacob Zuma's controversial son Duduzani Zuma parading the streets of Nkandla with a handful of his comrades on Sunday as they await former president's address later. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)

Former president Jacob Zuma's controversial son Duduzani Zuma parading the streets of Nkandla with a handful of his comrades on Sunday as they await former president's address later. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo: Africa News Agency.
Former president Jacob Zuma's controversial son Duduzani Zuma parading the streets of Nkandla with a handful of his comrades on Sunday as they await former president's address later. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo: Africa News Agency.

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