Lockdown is losing the support of South Africans

TPants

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For anyone who actually wants to read about the legal papers of the 8 citizens taking on the government, you can view them here -


Or follow one of the applicants - Scott Roberts on twitter


It is very interesting to read how the government is squirming around the formation of the NCCC.
Jump straight into the Heads of Argument for better summaries of the case.
 

Gordon_R

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As predicted by many, the lockdown is losing its effectiveness just as the epidemic starts to peak:
 

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Government may be winning court cases seeking to challenge their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but they are losing public buy-in.

This is according to Professor Thuli Madonsela who said government was creating a situation where the people were fighting to evade the government instead of fighting to combat the coronavirus.

"They may be winning cases in courts of law but not in the court of pubic opinion," she said.
 

Gordon_R

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Insightful analysis of the many profound failures that have led to rhe effective collapse of the lockdown:
 

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Insightful analysis of the many profound failures that have led to rhe effective collapse of the lockdown:
South Africa was never in a position economically to afford closing businesses and schools long enough to achieve any significant impact. Businesses because South Africa's economy was already on shaky ground and schools because it's education is barely functional as it is for most people.

Citizens were never going to watch like hawks. Nor did demanding accountability and transparency achieve anything. That section of the article alone is enough to damn the whole enterprise.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's call was well meaning, but extremely naive. Historically it's a rare thing for those at the top anywhere to be held to account.

Not only does South Africa not have any power of resistance against corruption amongst the poor and working-class communities. but it's those very communities that have kept an openly corrupt government in power. Worse those communities exacerbate the problems by engaging in self-destructive strikes (business plays an active role in maintaining this destructive cycle too). When they're unhappy with how things are being done they go on the rampage, looting and destroying. Or if they stop supporting the ruling party they switch their vote to parties with even more destructive policies like the EFF.

The government has for a long while, ably assisted by the media, had no interest in presenting balanced information that puts things in perspective. That's why they post the absolute numbers rather than percentage increase and why the headlines rarely mention recoveries.

Now is absolutely the time for an austerity budget. It is definitely not the time for scaling up investments in health, education and food. None of that can happen until the state reigns in their costs. Demonstrates genuine fiscal responsibility. It is absolutely foolish to encourage a corrupted and broken state to take on more debt now. That's like suggesting a junkie take out a bank loan to cover the increased cost of their drugs, and getting their relatives to sign surety. Of course this is just what the government wants to do, and they know most of the money will go into the same black hole as the rest, because they've fixed nothing and have no intention of fixing anything. Which is why they're continuing their narrative that it is racists and unreconstructed white minority capital that stands in the way of the poor having a better life. That's the whole point of forging ahead with misguided nonsense like NHI, land expropriation and radically transforming the economy. They know their voters will eat it up. They'll keep them in power.
 
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