Local songstress Yvonne Chaka Chaka came under fire for a comment on Twitter regarding the coronavirus vaccine.
Since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the adjusted level 3 lockdown in late December last year, South Africans find solace on the internet as their form of entertainment.
He also addressed the country on January 11 to explain the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine – which will be prioritised to front-line workers.
People expressed their views on the vaccine, and the songstress was one of them.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, the “From Me To You” singer asked why the Covid-19 vaccine was produced so quickly and why there aren’t vaccines for HIV and malaria yet.
She said: “Vaccine, Vaccine. We still don’t have one for Malaria non for HIV, but in a few months we have one for Covid can someone tell me how possible is this @WHO @EU_Partnerships @UN @NEPAD_Agency @PresidencyZA @Davos @unwomenafrica.”
Vaccine,Vaccine. We still don’t have one for Malaria non for HIV but in few Months we have one for Covid can someone tell me how possible is this @WHO @EU_Partnerships @UN @NEPAD_Agency @PresidencyZA @Davos @unwomenafrica
— Yvonne Chaka Chaka (@YvonneChakaX2) January 18, 2021
Tweeps responded to Chaka Chaka’s tweet by expressing disappointment in her.
“She's a UN Goodwill Ambassador married to a doctor. As a longtime admirer, I am so disappointed,” commented Madeleine Fullard.
Another Twitter user, Kagiso Phokane said: “Sigh… Mama Africa, Princess of Africa or whatever figment of imagination title you go by. Please I beg you to take a few minutes off of your studio time and research these viruses respectively on the internet and maybe, just maybe…”
Malaria is a parasite. HIV attacks the immune system itself. Vaccine technology doesn't work for these diseases. HIV is managed by ARVs which inhibit viral reproduction. It took millions and years to develop ARVs so your "victim" hypothesis is untrue. https://t.co/xHSCi7qOTN
— Sal Amanda (@Zimbird) January 20, 2021
I hope you are asking for curiousity's sake because this virus is killing a lot of people in your age group and you of all people don't have time to be anti-vaccine. https://t.co/jqXn5vg6Kt
— YT: Neo URL (@Neo_url) January 20, 2021