The president, health minister and other cabinet members have on various occasions scolded South Africans for not adhering to myriad regulations the government has announced to curb the spread of the coronavirus. And they would seem to have good reasons for doing so given that SA not only has the most Covid-19 infections in Africa but the fifth highest number in the world.

Why are South Africans so loath to follow these seemingly well-intended regulations? The lack of respect for the law and regulations in a time of pandemic is surely cause for concern, as it can have fatal consequences not only for those who disobey the regulations but for all those with whom they make contact...

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