Future lockdowns in South Africa should be for people who don’t vaccinate: CEO

PSG group chief executive Piet Mouton believes that any further lockdowns introduced in South Africa should only apply to those who refuse to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

In an interview with Fin24, Mouton said that he was concerned about the possibility of a fourth Covid-19 wave and further restrictions over the December holiday period.

He said that these lockdowns were a blunt tool used by the government to stop the spread of Covid-19 and often set the economy back by bringing industries to a complete standstill.

He added that South Africa was different from European countries, which have reserves to survive prolonged shutdowns, and that the country needs to be cautious about further restrictions. Mouton said vaccinated South Africans have ‘done their part’.

“I want to get out of lockdowns. So, I went and got myself vaccinated because I wanted to get back to normal and get the economy going. If you are happy to be unvaccinated, then you can remain in lockdown.”

He added that while people are free to choose whether to get vaccinated or not, the introduction of further lockdown restrictions would curtail their rights anyway.

This is not the first time that Mouton has criticised unvaccinated South Africans and the government’s lockdown, with the PSG CEO writing an open letter in September regarding the lifting of all lockdown restrictions and vaccinations.

In his letter, Mouton said refusing vaccination is wilfully choosing lockdown and its consequences over reviving the economy. He said that those who refuse vaccination should lose their right to complain about the state of the economy.

“If you prefer lockdown and its consequences above vaccination, then the burden of lockdown should be yours and yours alone. The president has alluded to some form of restriction for the unvaccinated, and we support this,” he said.

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Future lockdowns in South Africa should be for people who don’t vaccinate: CEO