- Jul 22, 2003
Please rate the performance of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel, in relation to his work during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Minister Patel was average right up until he arbitrarily decided that spaza shops could not be open, creating food deserts in townships and forcing people to queue up for hours to buy food at other stores that may have been further away.
Then he was poor right up until he decided to make selling hot food against the law, all because he misspoke in an interview, and he leaned up against his buddy NDZ to make a single gazetted notice to enforce this.
And he's been beyond pathetic in banning all food and goods delivery services and only reopening up ecommerce once it was clear that he was going to lose numerous court challenges if that was to continue. Hundreds of thousands of business could have continued limited operations during the lockdown, providing employment and even job creation as they would need to hire delivery drivers.