As Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane has sent an SOS to national government for help managing the Covid-19 pandemic, concerns are rising about the effects ongoing political and governance ructions at Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) may have on the metro’s frail health-care system.

The Eastern Cape metro needs all hands on deck to respond to the outbreak, which has already claimed the province’s only two metros — NMB and Buffalo City — as hotspots. The city admits it is "under siege"; by Monday, 9,400 of the Eastern Cape’s 35,000 infections had been recorded in NMB.

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