ANC stalwart and Old Mutual chair Trevor Manuel has questioned the rationality of some of the rules instituted by the government during the lock-down that has brought the economy to a virtual halt over the past six weeks.

While he would not comment on the economic effect of the lockdown and whether it should be eased, Manuel, SA’s longest-serving finance minister since the advent of democracy, told Business Day that rules should be about saving lives and not bullying people.

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