SHIRLEY DE VILLIERS: The curious case of cabinet and the national command council
The government hasn’t felt the need to explain itself to the nation – not about the seemingly arbitrary and paternalistic rules it dreams up, and not about a council that, on a very practical level, seems to be running SA
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...