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This is guerrilla warfare, and each one of us must join the resistance

We can only beat Covid-19 in a scorched-earth, fighting retreat, battling for every city, block and home

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The occupation has begun. Now comes the resistance.

On Sunday evening, our president, sombre and tired, laid out his government’s plans to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus. It was a reassuring show of leadership and outlined excellent strategies. But it was also a message from a government effectively in exile. Covid-19 is here – in our offices, schools and universities, in our places of worship, in our homes – and now the battle falls to every one of us.

Cyril Ramaphosa spoke of sweeping changes to the way we live in SA. Some of what he said was startlingly bold, standing in stark and impressive contrast to the sleepwalking fatalism of Boris Johnson’s government or the petulant floundering of Donald Trump...

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