General Secretary of The South African Federation of Trade Unions, Zwelinzima Vavi has called on people to refrain from stigmatising people who were diagnosed with coronavirus but instead to unite against the virus as the country observe Freedom Day.
The trade unionist had tested positive for the Covid-19 and had since been self-isolating and recovering at home.
He has urged South Africans to concentrate on celebrating Freedom Day in unity whilst warning that the country could be further thrown into a crisis if people failed to adhere to the nationwide lockdown regulations.
“I know how the issue of stigma can create the conditions where more and more people hide the fact that they may be sick and simply allow situations where this thing could become a mystery, when it is a reality facing humankind.
“Hence we oblige and comply with all of the regulations that government have issued. This is for the good of the public and not intended to inconvenience or throw us deeper into poverty and unemployment. This is about saving lives.” Vavi said.
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