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Beware of a government going into ‘dictator mode’

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Some governments are using the coronavirus pandemic to ‘tighten their grip on power’, undermining democracy and civil liberties.


26 Jun 2020
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Beware of a government going into ‘dictator mode’

An SANDF Mamba armoured personel carrier can be seen in the Diepsloot Township during a patrol on day 21 of the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, 16 April 2020, Johannesburg. Picture: Jacques Nelles

An aspect of the coronavirus lockdown which worried advocates of human rights in South Africa was the alacrity with which the ANC went into “dictator mode”. Claiming the country was being plunged into a “national disaster”, the government forcibly imposed its will through the restrictions – with, on occasion, scant regard being paid to the stipulations of the constitution. Now, it turns out, they weren’t alone in that retreat into authoritarianism: this week, the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance made public a letter signed by 500 global political and civil society leaders and Nobel laureates, which warned...

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