Editorials
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23 Mar 2021
5:45 am

Human rights: SA needs to pull together

Editorials

Did a hard lockdown infringe on our basic rights? Was a restriction by government on freedom of movement, assembly, trade and education justified?

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

The moment President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the country would enter a hard lockdown in a bid to curb Covid-19 infections exactly a year ago today, basic human rights were always going to be in the spotlight. Did a hard lockdown infringe on our basic rights? Was a restriction by government on freedom of movement, assembly, trade and education justified? The hard lockdown started on 27 March. Only people performing essential services were allowed out and about. The rest were told to stay at home to prevent the pandemic spreading. The jury is still out on whether the hard lockdowns really...