The Republic of South Chapter 2 bills of rights remains a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.
Right to body integrity is about those rights that have been most debated in South Africa ever since that country started rolling Covid 19 vaccine.
It has been for this many reasons that the South African Council of Churches (SACC) in Mpumalanga started its campaign to encourage the public to vaccinate against coronavirus. During the campaign that started a few weeks ago, SACC visited several areas in the Mpumalanga Lowveld.
In an interview with JHR SACC provincial secretary, Reverend Luke Dlamini said,
“It is true that we are interacting with the communities to sensitise them about the importance of vaccination. We have many people who believe in us as churches so I am adamant that people will go out in numbers to get their jabs during and after our campaign. Our aim is to get 70 per cent of the Mpumalanga population vaccinated.
“Since we all know that vaccinating is the only way that we enable us to fill up churches again and also be able to conduct out prayer sessions in a normal way.
Another reason that prompted us to launch the campaign is the fact that many people are scared of being vaccinated because of the myth and misleading statements that make them believe that the vaccination is dangerous in a way that it might even kill them,” said Dlamini.
Dlamini said people have the right to access information about the virus and the vaccination.
In the past few weeks, we saw a situation in which residents claimed that the vaccine sites effects were dangerous, while some claimed that after they were vaccinated their bodies became magnetic.
Videos of people who became magnetic in a way that an iron spoon was able to remain attached to the person’s hand without being held went viral on social media. Those kinds of things got the people worried and reluctant to go and get their jabs.
Dlamini said even though people have the right not to be vaccinated but he continued to urge them to do so to save the nation.
Vusi Mahamba from Masoyi outside White River has conceded that he was one of those who were reluctant to be vaccinated.
“We were told many negative things about this thing, for example, I am told that after you have been vaccinated your chances of being strike by lightning are more than to those who are not being vaccinated.
I believe that the government is not doing enough to educate the public about vaccinations and the pandemic. It is our human right to have access to information concerning anything that is happening in our lives.”