Richard Anthony Chemaly
4 minute read
15 May 2020
6:14 am

Does government have the right to keep info from you to stop you from ‘panicking’?

Richard Anthony Chemaly

Amid reports that government has had access to information that it has not revealed, a pertinent question would be just how much would the law allow the government to hide.

President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the Covid-19 coronavirus treatment facilities at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg on April 24, 2020. Picture: Jerome Delay / POOL / AFP

Let’s get one thing straight. The lockdown has certainly been effective in minimising Covid-19 transmission. Unfortunately for many who would see this as justification for the lockdown measures, that’s where I get off their bus. I wonder what their solution to end poverty would be if they were armed and released into poor communities and their only criterion is “will it be effective?” Fortunately, armchair commentators are not tasked with policy creation, but do you know who is? That’s correct! The government! And do you know who chooses the government? Indeed, it is us! And do you know how we...