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Adriaan Basson | Covid-19 vaccine botch-up may spell the end of the ANC

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President Cyril Ramaphosa needs a Thuma Mina moment to turn the vaccines rollout around, argues the writer. Picture: GCIS
President Cyril Ramaphosa needs a Thuma Mina moment to turn the vaccines rollout around, argues the writer. Picture: GCIS
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It's not too late to save South Africa's botched Covid-19 vaccination programme, but then President Cyril Ramaphosa will have to make some hard choices, writes Adriaan Basson.

Picture this: it is July 2021 and President Cyril Ramaphosa, leader of the governing ANC, is on the campaign trail, trying to convince 30 million voters to vote for his party to lead their municipalities a month later.

Although he was one of the first South Africans to be inoculated when the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines arrived in the country, the majority of South Africans have not yet received their shots. While Ramaphosa and his comrades are campaigning, the electorate are queuing for miles outside understaffed clinics and dilapidated hospitals, desperately waiting for vaccinations that many parts of the world had received early in the year.

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