Nature abhors a vacuum. Plato’s insight seems particularly prescient in SA today, where, in the absence of clarity from government, the ominously named national coronavirus command council (NCCC) has become the bogeyman of the moment.

The NCCC is made flesh in the person of co-operative governance & traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who bears the brunt of opprobrium for the government’s lockdown...

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