Editorials
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29 Jun 2021
8:09 am

It’s too late, but Ramaphosa has no option

Editorials

Political parties – as well as hordes of ordinary people – raged that this lockdown was too late, too harsh and too ineffective.

President Cyril Ramaphosa Picture: GCIS

In the space of a few sentences from President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night, thousands of South Africans suddenly found themselves without jobs. The hospitality sector was hardest hit – by bans on the sale of alcohol and restrictions on seated dining in restaurants – and the booze and related industries, such as farming and transport, were just as pole-axed by Ramaphosa’s lockdown announcement. Political parties – as well as hordes of ordinary people – raged that this lockdown was too late, too harsh and too ineffective. There is merit in those criticisms. The authorities have known for some time...