Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
2 Jun 2020
6:33 am

A longer lockdown would have been inhumane

Sydney Majoko

The science behind the lockdown says South Africa may have done better than a whole host of First World countries with better economic resources.

Local residents wait in a queue during a food handout by the Hennops River Revival NGO at a trash recycling area on day 61 of the national lockdown as a result of Covid-19 Coronavirus, Pretoria, South Africa, 27 May 2020. The recycling area is called 'Mushroom Farm' and is home to both South African and Besotho people who collect rash for recyling. Food insecurity is one of the main issues facing the country since the start of lockdown. The country is at level 4 of the national lockdown in its 61 day after it was implemented on 30 April 2020. Picture: EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

There is a Setswana saying that goes “Ke kgomo ya moshata, wa e gapa o molato, wa e lesa o molato”, loosely translated as “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” As the country goes hurtling down to Lockdown Level 3, this is the exact position that President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government find themselves in. There is nothing right that they can possibly do in the eyes of the greater majority of the citizens. And opposition parties are not letting them off the hook. The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been the most brutal on social media,...