Cyril’s Covid comedy of errors shows few signs of a happy ending
Let’s just hope Monday’s speech does herald a new dawn for SA’s pandemic response, but don’t hold your breath
Cyril Ramaphosa’s day on Monday was appreciably better than the ones preceding it. He could go on national television, the risibly termed “family conversation’” as a late day Father Christmas.
He was flushed with excitement after his visit to Johannesburg Airport to receive a million batches (a small fraction of our need) of the long promised, hitherto unsighted vaccines. Then, in his television address, buoyed by declining coronavirus cases, he could mitigate the harshest aspects of the second wave lockdown regulations implemented last month.
Only the most churlish or cynical couldn’t but hope that Monday’s events will be the harbinger of another rare sighting on these shores: an actual new dawn that moves beyond hope and hype and headline-chasing into reality and implementation...