She said the travel bans were based on politics and not science, saying the decisions were unacceptable.
“We knew this was a crossroads it was going to bring us to. It was going to bring us to a variant. It was going to bring us to more dangerous variants. Why are we acting surprised? Why are we locking away Africa when this virus is already on three continents?” she asked
“Nobody is locking away Belgium and Israel. Why are we locking away Africa? It is wrong and it is time our African leaders stand up and find their voice.”
In his address to the nation on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa slammed travel bans as “unjustified and not informed by science”.
SA travellers have been banned from travelling to the UK, US, Seychelles, Japan, France, Singapore, Israel, India, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Australia and the Philippines, among other countries.