SHIRLEY DE VILLIERS: Lockdown 2.0: We see your 2,000 cigarette submissions, and raise you 270,000
It’s not just the bipolar swing of ministerial whim that’s so infuriating. It’s the fundamental irrationality of so many decisions
On Wednesday night, co-operative governance & traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma took to the airwaves to explain what fresh hell we may expect under lockdown 2.0 – or “level 4”, as the government calls it. The address was reminiscent of the lockdown itself: interminable, unforgiving, repetitive, and not just a bit infuriating.
There were questions, of course. What protocols should be in place around sharing a microphone in a world of social distancing? And what was the sense in trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel liberating just his nose from his face mask?..