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A skrik in the suburbs: when the last hurrah goes viral


A skrik in the suburbs: when the last hurrah goes viral

The delay between Cyril’s announcement and the actual lockdown may turn out to have been a costly mistake

Senior science reporter

On Monday night, when President Cyril Ramaphosa told the nation a lockdown was on its way, I sat glued to the television. So did my husband. Our two girls – a tween-ager and a teenager – left the room.

As any left-leaning journalist will tell you about their parenting, it’s a constant battle between trying to stamp your social conscience onto your progeny while also trying not to share your skewed sense that the world is a gargantuan mess (because that’s what you’re dealing with all day).

I tried to lure them into the TV room by saying they could witness history in the making. They resisted, saying it was depressing. And so, my first inkling that Denial is a River in Egypt happened in my own living room...

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