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'Billionaire perks' - SA reacts after Johann Rupert jumps queue for Covid-19 jab

22 January 2021 2:04 PM
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There have been mixed reactions from South Africans online following reports that billionaire Johann Rupert jumped the vaccination queue in Switzerland.

According to reports, SA billionaire Johann Rupert was one of the first people to get a Covid-19 jab in Switzerland before the official launch of the country's vaccination drive.

Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reported that Rupert flew to Switzerland in December in desperate search of a vaccine.

It's understood that he was vaccinated at a Swiss private clinic in Frauenfeld, the capital of Thurgau.

The clinic is part of the Hirslanden hospital group which is owned by South Africa’s Mediclinic and Rupert is chairperson of Remgro, which owns a 45% stake in Mediclinic.

RELATED: Outcry after Mediclinic justifies ties to apartheid era ‘Dr Death’ Wouter Basson

While the story has reportedly angered Swiss officials, South Africans on Twitter appear to have mixed feelings about the news.

Some tweeps say they would also use their wealth and privilege for preferential treatment if they had the money, while others have raised some moral and ethical questions about vaccine equity in general.

RELATED: Ramaphosa: We've learned from the PPE scandal, vaccines will be better managed

"Mr Rupert donated R1billion for Covid relief. I think he earned his vaccine. On the other hand, why is it anybody's business where, why and how he got vaccinated?", one user tweeted.

"Not that I want the vaccine, but it is unfair for Rupert to jump the queue. Many poor people want the vaccine", another Twitter user has said.

Here's what other Twitter users had to say about the news:

Meanwhile, there are a few anti-vaxxers on the platform who believe that the reports are a part of some kind of "Statcom" vaccine propaganda excercise.




22 January 2021 2:04 PM
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