The debate over the SA government’s Covid-19 strategy has become polarised. It could deepen the existing fractures in our society and threatens to scupper the national unity and solidarity that have underpinned SA’s response to the global pandemic.

Towards the end of the first phase of the lockdown, when it became clear that it was going to be extended, there was a deluge of opinion pieces that poured scorn on the government’s regulations, saying they had not been properly explained or did not have a clear rationale...

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