Nicci Garner
2 minute read
25 May 2020
6:10 am

Lockdown Diaries: Death is a fact of life we seem to have forgotten

Nicci Garner

Putting the future of South Africa in jeopardy this way defies logic, but is perhaps understandable given that most politicians are at a vulnerable age.

A serviceman of Russia's Emergencies Ministry wearing protective gear disinfects Moscow's Leningradsky railway station on May 19, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV

My husband Robert keeps saying if he was 30 he’d be furious. Sure, he says, we’ll save the gogos from dying of Covid-19, only to watch them and the rest of the country starve to death. Total lockdown risks killing the many to save the few. I can’t say he’s wrong. And it can only get worse.The average age of the population in South Africa is 26.7, according to Worldometer, and only a small percentage of people under 50 (just over 3%, decreasing through lower age groups) are among the Covid-19 victims worldwide, according to So, anybody under 50...