Neva Makgetla Columnist

For months it seemed SA would contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Then it opened up the economy too quickly, and as new cases escalated the government waited weeks before finally introducing minimal new regulations — and relaxing the rules for taxis. Now we rank in the top five countries for new infections.

What went wrong? Like an X-ray, Covid-19 shows up what is broken in society. In this case, as so often, the root problem is the way deep inequalities affect both government decision-making and expert advice...

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