As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the government faces the difficult balancing act of managing the virus while resuming economic activity. But government's sometimes confusing and even contradictory statements over lockdown regulations have raised questions about the unity of those in charge. Head of the Wits School of Governance, Mzukisi Qobo comments on this. Courtesy of #DStv403
The government's sometimes confusing and even contradictory statements over lockdown regulations have raised questions about the unity of those in charge.
Head of the Wits School of Governance Mzukisi Qobo said the president should consider a cabinet reshuffle.
Regarding people being allowed to gather for religious purposes under Level 3 lockdown conditions, the political expert said, "people should bear in mind, one of the things that the president said is that infections are going to spike in the coming months and individuals are expected to take risk measures.
"It doesn't mean that if you go to Level 3 and later 2 or 1 the virus is gone or that we would have found the vaccine."
Qobo said people would be expected to exercise their own judgment.
The professor said some regulations issued by government ministers were too confusing to citizens and elicited a negative response from the country.
Qobo said the president should make a decision for the good of the country.
"As citizens, we shouldn't care about what the ANC thinks about how to manage a crisis. This is the state. There is the party in Luthuli House, the president should act in the best interest of society, even staring down his party in the time of crisis," Qobo said.
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