EDITORIAL | No wonder people take ivermectin. This stable has no ...

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EDITORIAL | No wonder people take ivermectin. This stable has no master

South Africans are already used to taking matters into their own hands

Editorial

Public health and communication specialist Dr Warren Parker in a webinar on Thursday said South Africans were “justifiably worried about the state of the pandemic”. But they are perhaps even more concerned about our government’s response to the Covid-19 catastrophe.

Parker was speaking about the “uncontrolled public use of ivermectin”, a veterinary drug peddled as a miracle cure for the virus that has taken over the world. He made another comment that goes to the heart of the SA psyche: “It means people don’t trust the pandemic response – and they feel they need to take measures themselves.”

South Africans are so used to taking measures themselves, it has almost become second nature. The uncontrolled use of ivermectin is just one example. It is an old habit for those who do not believe in the government’s ability to solve their daily problems to turn elsewhere. It could be the private sector, our courts, our communities or less legal ways (the cigarette ban and a smokers’ black market come to mind). Don’t trust the SA Police Service to protect you in your own home? Hire a private security company. Don’t trust government schools to offer your child quality education? Turn to private tuition. Don’t want to end up in a state hospital? Pricey private medical aids are the answer...

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