Editorials
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21 Jun 2021
5:45 am

Citizens must take responsibility for Covid third wave, we just don’t listen

Editorials

Despite all the warnings of the dire looming impact of Covid-19, we were still not willing to change our ways.

File picture. A Covid-19 patient waiting to be admitted at the field hospital by the entrance to Steve Biko Academic Hospital, 11 January 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Jack Welch was the hard-driving, not universally liked, chair of the General Electric group in the US for two decades. But one of his sayings is particularly apt for present-day South Africa as the Covid tragedy envelops us. “Change,” he warned, “Before you have to.” Despite all the warnings of the dire looming impact of coronavirus – and even evidence of the devastation it wreaked in our communities in the first and second waves of infection – we were still not willing to change our ways. We still wanted to party. We still wanted to gather in large groups. We...