EDITORIAL: As usual, political egos are to the fore in a crisis

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EDITORIAL: As usual, political egos are to the fore in a crisis

Once again, our underperforming politicians have cast aside the national interest in favour of knee-jerk combat

Editorial

Given the quality of politicians generally, and not just in SA, we should not be surprised that the battle against one of the greatest existential threats the modern world has faced has degenerated into the usual dummy-spitting.

After calling for unity in the fight against Covid-19 in his statement to the national assembly on Wednesday, health minister Zweli Mkhize quickly got a taste of the bitterly divisive reality that has come to underpin our politics.

MPs from every opposition party castigated various aspects of the government response to the pandemic and no doubt their complaints were justified in many respects. Mkhize’s ANC colleagues then put the boot into the DA-run Western Cape, until Wednesday the province with the most infections...

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