The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has said that as a Marxist-Leninist who believes in science, he does care about the conspiracy theories alleging that Covid-19 vaccines are going to kill people.
On a campaign trail in the Western Cape on Friday ahead of the local government elections on 1 November 2021, Malema confirmed that he has vaccinated against Covid-19.
Addressing a crowd of students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Malema, however, said that no one should be forced to take the
The EFF leader said people should rather be forced to submit their DNA so that a DNA bank can be established because this would be effective in tracing wrong doers and so assist in the fight against crime.
“Because there are rapists among us here and we are unable to trace them as to who are these people who are raping our children at campuses,” Malema said.
Malema alleged that President Cyril Ramaphosa took money from Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers so that they would make a profit and that is why the president is now forcing people to vaccinate.
“No one will force anyone to vaccinate in South Africa, people will vaccinate on their own.
“I have vaccinated myself, no one forced me, no one will force me. As a Marxist-Leninist I believe in science and therefore, I don’t care about this conspiracy theory that we are going to die; they would have killed us a long time ago, they control everything.
“They control the bread you eat every morning, they control mielie meal, they control samp, they can poison all of you. They even control the air, by the way, the air we breathe, they are the ones who are polluting it to show that they control it,” Malema said.
The EFF leader said he took the Covid-19 vaccine after realizing that Jewish people had taken it too, because “the Jews don’t play with their lives”.
He further said that he was happy that the Covid-19 vaccines had been tested on white people opposed to the norm of tests being done on black people.
The EFF, Malema said, distances itself from “unscientific arguments” about Covid-19 vaccines.
Malema said South Africans should be spoilt for choice when it comes to Covid-19 vaccines and should not be forced to choose only from those manufactured in Europe “and elsewhere”, and so the Sputnik V and Sinovac vaccines should be approved for use in the country.
The use of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine will remain not approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) amid concerns that it may increase the risk of HIV contraction among vaccinated males.
This vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in the Russian Federation.
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