William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
16 May 2020
7:38 am

Cyril playing at viral secrets is not helping any of us

William Saunderson-Meyer

The government’s natural inclination towards secrecy and control – after a refreshing initial openness over Covid-19 – has been reasserting itself.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Presidency

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation was uninspiring. Looking tired and dispirited, he made only two noteworthy points. The first was that the lockdown would be selectively relaxed by the end of May. The second was that the government had failed to meet expectations. That’s a courageous admission. It’s a pity, then, that Ramaphosa immediately reverted to dissimulating politician mode. Every next government move, he assured us, would continue to be informed by “best available evidence” and by medical expertise. We must presumably accept all this on presidential say-so, because the government’s natural inclination towards secrecy and control –...