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First there was the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (Fica), then there was the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica).  Now there is Covid-19, which also heralds a sharp increase in surveillance as part of the government's introduction of a state of emergency under the Disaster Management Act.

It is in times like these that civil society must be especially vigilant to the dangers posed by a creeping authoritarianism, which much of society will likely tacitly support...

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