SA has a ‘perfect storm’ of issues during COVID-19 third wave
In March last year South Africa went into a hard lockdown. Then, President Ramaphosa looked wholly in charge of the health crisis. At the same time, the Defence Force was activated to ensure that lockdown regulations were adhered to. It was, in the President’s words, a ‘mercy mission’. Of course, the SANDF intervention became mostly notorious for brutality towards the poor who bore the brunt of the lockdown.
Lockdown has its limitations. It is devastating for the economy and specifically for individuals who earn a living on the fringes of society. Yet a second hard lockdown was implemented in late December as hospitals were on the brink of…