Andile Ramaphosa the Son of President Ramaphosa has raised eyebrows with his involvement in a R6 million Covid-19 project.
Reports indicated the Andile had been working to install technology into taxis in the province to help limit the spread of the virus by increasing ventilation.
While on the surface it seemed like an admirable thing to be doing amid the pandemic, critics demanded to know where the funding had been found.
Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister Leon Schreiber has called for transparency, highlighting the importance of disclosing how the project was funded:
“Did Ramaphosa’s son get any state support in any form for this? Who are the ‘media alliance partners’ he brags about in the advert? According to the company, SDI Force ‘has also been involved in providing food parcels and personal protective equipment’. We need more clarity.”
Andile was quick to defend himself on where he got the money from.
Andile says his company will save lives after it received R6m in funding to modify thousands of Gauteng taxis.
The modifications would allow the vehicles to comply with Covid-19 regulations.
The non-profit company SDI Force is fitting screens that will create a “driver-separation” capsule, window ventilators, sanitiser dispensers and changeable messaging boards in taxis.
All these are aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus inside taxis, which are now allowed to carry passengers at 100% capacity for short-distance trips.
“Despite a few negative comments, SDI has had an overwhelmingly positive reception from media and businesses at large,” said Andile in a statement.
“We believe that this campaign will save countless South African lives, and that it goes directly to the heart of finding ways to face this pandemic head-on, and mitigate its effects.
“We have enabled taxi drivers and commuters with this initiative, but at the end of the day we advise all passengers to open windows in tight spaces, wear masks and sanitise regularly.”