Tebogo Msimanga |
The African Transformation Movement (ATM) says it is shocked at media reports attributed to the Executive Director of Nedlac, Ms Lisa Seftel who is reported to have announced at the Council’s 26th Annual National Summit held on Tuesday that Nedlac partners are backing the mandatory vaccines.
ATM National Spokesperson Sibusiso Mncwabe reiterated that ATM as an organisation representing the interest of the People of South Africa in all spheres of Government, “we are not anti vaccines.” Mncwabe stressed that ATM subscribes to Constitutionalism where the rights of all the individuals are respected including the rights of both those who want to participate in the ongoing vaccine trials and those who choose not to participate in the mass vaccine trials.
“The ATM is guided by the Constitution, Section12(2)(b)(c) which combined say “Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity which includes the right to security in and control over their body AND not to be subjected to medical or scientific experiments without their informed consent.”
He added that given the record high unemployment rate, the ATM finds it both morally and ethically hollow for employer bodies, unions and government to have a deadly symbiotic relationship aimed at bullying and coercing desperate employees to submit to mandatory vaccines or get fired.
Mncwabe added that countries like Israel and United Kingdom where vaccination rates are near 100% have not been spared the Omicron infection, meaning it’s irrational for the Government and its Nedlac collaborators to force through our throats herd immunity narrative which has dismally failed to protect citizens of the 1st word countries. “People of South Africa should not be forced to be customers of global pharmaceutical firms.”