- Jul 5, 2009
Strong political statement by DA leader John Steenhuisen. Not entirely convincing IMO:
We’re 10 weeks into the world’s longest and most damaging lockdown, and still the folly continues. On the cold facts alone it has been a terrible, unforgivable mistake.
President Cyril Ramaphosa should apologise to the nation and make good by reshuffling his Cabinet to remove those ministers who have most compromised his government’s covid response. (COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, for her disingenuous handling of the tobacco ban issue; Ebrahim Patel for his irrational, petty economic regulations that have cost so many livelihoods unnecessarily; Police Minister Bheki Cele for encouraging the senseless violence exerted on citizens; Defence Minister Mapisa-Nqakula for her terrible handling of Collins Khoza’s death; Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu for attempting to ban NGOs from distributing cooked food to the hungry.)
Had 40-45,000 deaths been the NICD’s initial estimates, it is doubtful the government would have implemented a lockdown. But initial estimates were allegedly 10 times this, though the government has never shared these details because the massive drop in the size of risk would logically require an equally massive drop in the size of response.
A mature government, acting in the country’s rather than the party’s best interest, would have admitted as much, taken their scientists’ advice, and called the whole thing off weeks ago. It would have been an embarrassing, but forgivable mistake.
Apologise and get out, as the saying goes.
But the ANC isn’t partial to admitting mistakes, and anyway, lockdown suits the unionists and communists in their ranks.