An old picture of transport minister Fikile Mbalula being vaccinated had social media tongues wagging on Sunday and drew mixed reactions.
Mbalula posted the picture with the caption “vaccine”.
— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) February 7, 2021
The picture caused a buzz among social media users who suspected Mbalula was receiving the Covid-19 vaccine which arrived in the country last week.
Mbalula said the picture was “old” and he was to encourage people to have Covid-19 vaccinations when they become available.
“It is an old pic. Humorous,” said Mbalula.
“I was vaccinated for yellow fever many times.”
Here are of some reactions to the pic.:
Are you a frontline health worker?
— ghaleb cachalia. MP (@GhalebCachalia) February 7, 2021
— Dominique dHotman (@dhotman) February 7, 2021
I wouldn't post this if I were u (even as a joke) since the first batch of vaccines is for health workers and youre definitely not one
— Zizzy (@J0zigirl) February 7, 2021
As a cabinet minister this lie &propaganda is uncalled for, it's very dangerous Mbaks..I know among many SAns there are those for the vaccine and against, but this is not how you persuade those against by lying. Its common knowledge that the vaccine is still undergoing QC test🤔
— Asanda Blekiwe (@blekiwea) February 7, 2021