Cabinet Ratings 2021: Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi

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Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi
Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi
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One of minister Aaron Motsoaledi's home affairs department's biggest blemishes in 2021 was its failure to act decisively when members of the Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) warned, as far back as March, that stricter border controls were necessary to prevent the disease from spreading "like a veld fire".

The MAC had advised the authorities to implement stricter border controls because the Delta variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 started spreading to other countries after first being identified in India in October 2020.

But they failed to heed that advice, and South Africa ended up in the middle of a crippling third wave of infections in June, driven by the Delta variant, according to scientists.

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