Vaccination of kids not debatable

The plea made to parents by Gauteng premier David Makhura that they endorse and take part in the drive to get schoolchildren vaccinated against Covid-19 should be understood in the context of a government married, sometimes to a fault, to the ideal of consultative governance.

The call in itself is not necessarily a bad move and should in many instances be encouraged if government always seeks to take along with it those over whom it presides. But there are times when what is called for is leadership when the interests of the nation outstrip those of the individual...

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