“We must equally be honest and realistic and accept that these measures alone are not enough. We now need collectively as society to engage on requiring vaccinations to enter public spaces, malls, restaurants, events, sports and so on
“Cosatu has received many complaints from retail workers, prison wardens and teachers who have been vaccinated and fear for their safety as some of their colleagues have not been vaccinated.
“The constitution, the supreme law of the republic, is clear that the right to life is absolute,” said the union.
The organisation added that the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors, which employ almost 2-million workers, cannot afford another festive season under lockdown.
“Cosatu is disappointed that government did not reduce public gatherings numbers from the 750 indoors and 2,000 outdoors. These should be reviewed and only allowed for events where the necessary vaccinations, health and safety measures are in place.”