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Dear government, these are the simple rules for leading in a crisis

Truth, planning, acknowledgment of errors are among what’s needed from our woefully underprepared leadership

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It took a huge amount of public pressure to drag health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize to a press conference on January 3 to answer a question of life-threatening proportions: where the hell are the vaccines? 

It did not help that we could only stare in envy and wonderment as citizens of richer countries appeared on television with long-needle jabs disappearing into their upper arms.

But what provoked angry questions here at home was news that less wealthy countries such as Colombia and Algeria obtained life-saving vaccines for their people. Slowly the pressure built on social media and in print — what is going on? Where is our leadership? When will we get the vaccines?..

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