30.5.2020 08:00 am
British American Tobacco SA said government had betrayed its trust and ‘it’s very difficult to believe anything we hear from government now’.
The fight against the ban on the sale of tobacco products by government is far from over.
Easing the lockdown over the next few months is only expected to help the economy in the short term.
Teachers, administrators and those involved in transporting children to and from school are also exposed.
Professor Glenda Gray, chair of the Medical Research Council and an internationally recognised scientist, was the first to raise the alarm about advice being disregarded.
It is clear the lockdown regulations have made criminals of otherwise law-abiding South African citizens, but have made the tobacco and booze mafia immeasurably wealthier.
Perhaps, in the way nature has healed because of the absence of humans during lockdown, so too, the economic world might return to the old ways … of small shops and personal service.
One cannot really fault Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and his team for treading cautiously. Covid-19 is a very real threat to millions of South Africans.
While Beijing is working tirelessly on its international image – and in Africa is buying into media operations to help polish that image – it remains an autocratic regime.
Teachers’ unions believe the minister is being fed incorrect information by her underlings who will all, no doubt, be angling to make themselves look good.
Even though the power utility is in dire straits, it should not be allowed to cripple the health of South Africans.
Ministers and civil servants seem arrogantly drunk with power on the realisation that they can now legally bully ordinary citizens.
Making money should never be placed above the lives of human beings.
One day, fake news is going to get people hurt, or killed.
There are those in the government who would be willing to hold on to the lockdown if for no other reason than being seen to bow to DA pressure and to follow the opposition party’s suggestions.
If SA is to learn to live with the coronavirus, the state is going to have to put a bit more trust in the citizenry to keep flattening the curve.