DA welcomes travel ban

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance welcomed on Thursday the travel ban for non-South Africans from countries affected by the Ebola virus outbreak.

"We also welcome the minister’s intention to medically examine and screen all South Africans returning from these countries until further notice," DA MP Wilmot James said in a statement.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday that Cabinet issued an immediate travel ban for non-South Africans from countries affected by the Ebola virus disease.

"[There is] a total travel ban for all non-citizens travelling from these high-risk countries [Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone], unless the travel is considered absolutely essential," he told reporters in Pretoria.

"For citizens of South Africa who wish to travel to these countries, they will be requested to delay their travel unless it is absolutely essential for them to travel."

Motsoaledi said South Africans coming from these West African countries would be subjected to a strict screening process, and medically examined if need be.

They would have to complete a comprehensive health questionnaire before being granted entry into the country.

"If the comprehensive medical and the temperature screening reveal something, they will have to subject themselves to a complete medical examination."

For people from medium and low-risk countries, including Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, the normal surveillance processes would continue.

James said the spread of Ebola to South Africa was a serious public health threat.

"We support Minister Motsoaledi’s proactive approach. We call on government to be as vigilant as possible to ensure that South Africa remains Ebola-free," he said.

Davidd Madisha 2014-08-21 10:36:27 PM
Well done Hon.minister,prevention is much better than cure
Conrad Olivier 2014-08-21 11:10:35 PM
Yeah this is all fine and dandy... what about borders? Our borders are crossed so frequently and so easily - how are we going to prevent pedestrian Ebola-sufferers later on?
Musa N Thabethe 2014-08-21 11:14:06 PM
Good minister
Kyle McLaren 2014-08-22 12:28:36 AM
This is a positive step, I was wondering when this buffoon would act. Something tells me that despite this we will still have an outbreak of some sort here; I think this is a bad one!
Sebenzile Sweetpayne Menziwa 2014-08-22 01:20:51 AM
This could be better if it can be a permanent excuse including Nigeria and others infact the whole west africa.
Mthoko Samuel Colt Magubane 2014-08-22 05:26:48 AM
i like this, these are purely positive steps taken to ensure a safer South Africa from this newely formed deadly virus
Daphne Moreira 2014-08-22 05:29:29 AM
I wish all our ministers would be as pro-active and decisive like Dr Motsoaledi.
Sikhumbuzo Touch Thabede 2014-08-22 06:02:59 AM
Good job Mr Minister. Haters will always find fault in everything.
Sbongile Bosh Mlalandle 2014-08-22 06:46:17 AM
Thz sw called leaders hav a habit of leavng thngs 4 vry last moments. By the way didnt they say chances whr vry low 4 us 2 be hit by it? Ths is a joke .
jan.h.beukes.7 2014-08-22 06:49:12 AM
Few weeks ago I commented that they should just leave the infected in the areas and ban all travel from those countries if you want to go there fine but you will only be coming back after its COMPLETELY dealt with. Now look ebola is everywhere europe, california and other african countries as well. Watch we won't be any different coz our politicians are SLOW to react, for all we know its already here ...