Sipho Mabena
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25 Nov 2020
4:51 am

Lockdown’s pros and unfortunate cons

Sipho Mabena

The early implementation of a hard lockdown definitely helped curb the spread of covid-19 in South Africa, but that doesn't mean some of the poorly thought out rules didn't also stir resentment and undermine its intended purpose.

Picture for illustration purposes. A worker produces face masks at a factory. (Photo by LUIS TATO / AFP)

The hard lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic were not only poorly thought out,  unfortunate, and unconvincing, but experts say they also stirred resentment and undermined its intended purpose. There has been heightened debate on the efficacy of lockdowns to curb the spread of Covid-19, with Pandemic Data and Analytics (Panda) coming out sharply against the wisdom on the lockdown. But Stellenbosch University’s Dr Jo Barnes has slated the argument on whether the lockdown was efficient or not, saying the position taken by many, especially those linked to the economy or financial sector, tended to be...