Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
30 Jun 2020
6:18 am

What taxis are doing is wrong, but for the right reasons

Sydney Majoko

SA can choose to be united in condemning the deliberate endangerment of people’s lives through defying social distancing, but pretending that the reasons for this action is simply greed is unfair.

A commuter wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus rests inside a taxi at the Bara taxi rank in Soweto, Johannesburg, on June 1, 2020. South Africa moved into level three of a five-tier lockdown on June 1, 2020, to continue efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Under level three, all but high-risk sectors of the economy will be allowed to reopen. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

When Finance Minister Tito Mboweni invoked the Book of Matthew in delivering his budget, it served as confirmation of the rather strange times the pandemic has ushered in: “We are faced, as a nation with a choice between two gates…the wide gate is a passive country that lets circumstances overwhelm it … it opens to a path to bankruptcy.” In attempting to chart SA’s path to financial redemption, his turning to biblical guidance is a sign desperation is creeping in. But part of that desperation is due to government’s copy and paste approach to the lockdown. The stand-off between the...