Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize criticizes top scientist Professor Glenda Gray over controversial and critical comments she made about the South Africa’s nationwide lockdown citing that they are factually incorrect and unfounded statements.
Gray was quoted in an article saying that the COVID-19 strategy being used in South Africa is not based on science and is completely unmeasured and its almost as if someone is sucking regulations out of their thumb and implementing rubbish.
Minister Mkhize says Gray who is the Chairperson of the Research Subcommittee on COVID-19 made factually incorrect and unfounded statements.
“There are existing structures in government that have taken into consideration various factors, including scientific, socio-economic.
The comment that government thumb sucks it’s decision not only undermines the joint work and effort that the NCC, cabinet and government as a whole has been engaged in,” he said.
Professor Gray also told the media that the government is punishing children and kicking them out of school and denying them education.
Dr Zweli says it can never be Professor Gray’s place to make such comments without being aware of the details, the advice and the process the Department of Basic education has followed.
“For what? Where is the scientific evidence for that? The Department of Basic Education has been engaged in various consultations with it’s stakeholders on the correct approach to take in the process of opening schools,” he said.
Minister Zweli cites that statements made Gray are devoid of truth and contains obvious inaccuracies and that has caused unnecessary sensationalism and doubt on the work and effort of the government in dealing with COVID-19.
Mkhize emphasizes that government do not claim to have it all figured out when it comes to COVID-19, but is committed to doing everything to protect the lives of citizens.