If the ANC was trying to show to potential students of politics how to undermine the confidence of citizens, look no further than the debacle about whether supermarkets can sell hot cooked meals.

Last week, with no basis in law or the emergency regulations that have been enacted as part of the government’s response to Covid-19, trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel confidently told reporters that the sale of cooked foods had always been banned and this had always been clear. ..

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