On Saturday afternoon I posted a tweet that read: “What the lockdown has shown is that there are probably large numbers of people in SA who have no problem living under an authoritarian system where they are told what they can and can’t buy and when they can and can’t go out. It’s like we’ve learnt nothing from our history.”

The tweet was posted following my statement and letter to trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel, calling on him to end the banning of “non-essential” items from retail shops that are allowed to be open during the lockdown. ..

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