Too late for Level 5 lockdown, will have disastrous effect


Who's the Boss?
Staff member
May 24, 2010
Too late for level 5 lockdown in South Africa — "will have disastrous effect"

The effect of a hard lockdown in South Africa will be too severe and it is too late in the current Covid-19 pandemic trajectory for the harsh restrictions of a level 5 lockdown to be effective.

This was the feedback from Doctor Mary Kawonga to the Gauteng Command Council on Thursday.

"We need to balance the health, with the economic considerations," Kawonga stated.

"Livelihoods are always affected when we have hard lockdown measures such as lockdown level 5, even lockdown level 4."

Kawonga said that the recommendations they have been making to the provincial coronavirus command council and the Gauteng Premier David Makhura is that a level 5 lockdown is way too stringent.

"It will have a disastrous effect on the economy and people's livelihoods. It's also quite late in the pandemic trajectory to expect to see a big impact," stated Kawonga.

Instead, Kawonga said that they have proposed a hybrid of existing alert level 3 measures together with some level 4 lockdown restrictions.


Honorary Master
Feb 1, 2008
disaster is what the ANC does ... causing it of course, not solving it

so bring it on! let's fire up the afterburners to hit rock bottom extra hard!
Mar 6, 2004
Surprisingly well-considered from a member of the PCC.

Good to know that what many argued way back in March 2020 is becoming part of mainstream political thought.

The pro-lockdown peeps are losing influence!