Mbalula’s grasp on science questioned, as EFF label him ‘murderous’

Fikile Mbalula gave permission for airlines to fill every seat on-board their planes from Wednesday. The EFF, however, are not happy with the decision.

Mbalula’s grasp on science questioned, as EFF label him ‘murderous’

The EFF is calling on Cyril Ramaphosa to reverse a decision made by the transport ministry this week, which gives airlines permission to operate flights at 100% capacity. Fikile Mbalula said that social distancing wouldn’t need to apply on flights, due to the way on-board air filtration systems ‘eat the virus’.

Flights to operate at ‘full capacity’ – but can HEPA kill coronavirus?

Mbaks’ comments certainly eyebrows on Monday. Although the HEPA technology can kill 99.99% of all airborne virus particulates, it cannot prevent disease passing from person-to-person via touch. People in close proximity are still at risk from coughs and sneezes, even while wearing masks and sanitising hands.

Industry professionals have backed Mbalula’s stance, but the EFF aren’t so keen. In a statement published on Monday evening, the political party slammed the minister’s thought-process as ‘pseudo-scientific’, and blasted him for creating a ‘murderous policy’.

“Nothing comes close to utter madness than the assertion that coronavirus cannot travel on a place. It’s not only unscientific, but it is dangerous. Mbalula is electively conspiring for the mass infection of our people, resulting in mass murder. Airlines were central to the spread of COVID-19 across the world.”

“COVID-19 can last for hours on surfaces. No amount of HEPA filters will protect those who are close to each other, even if they’re travelling for a matter of minutes. We therefore call on President Ramaphosa to reverse this decision, as it is obviously murderous. The aviation industry seeks profits at the expense of human lives.”

EFF statement

EFF slam Mbalula for ‘encouraging lawlessness’

The Red Berets are also concerned that the 100% capacity rule for flights will embolden bus and taxi operators to flout social distancing laws themselves, and also fill up their vehicles to the brim. In fact, many minibus cabs are already rebelling against the restrictions. The EFF leaders are seeking presidential condemnation.

Source : The South African