It’s not that a ban on open-toed shoes is ludicrous. Well, it is, but the true absurdity of the manner in which government attempted to cherry-pick what could and could not be sold via e-commerce during lockdown is what it revealed about government technophobia.

It has long been a contention in these columns that the government failed to give priority to internet access in SA because of an attitude that this was the province of the privileged. A kind of Western Cape of digital empowerment.

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