SA should insist the UK changes its ludicrous Covid travel curbs

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SA should insist the UK changes its ludicrous Covid travel curbs

South Africans are subjected to nonsensical, patronising, glaringly political restrictions that are hurting our economy

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The Venn diagram, where public health imperatives and political needs intersect, is opaque, if not a mess. It is the meeting point between poor policies and arbitrary decisions.

South Africans found plenty to justly criticise about government overreach in the 16 months since the country was first placed under lockdown on March 26 2020.

The banning of slip-slops, cooked chicken and cigarette sales — the outer reaches of absurdity — jostled with bathing and beach restrictions for the top prize for official idiocy. None of this was helped when it was revealed that the minister of health, Zweli Mkhize, was front and centre of a corruption scandal, with his family and closest aides. Or that the police, which zealously arrested elderly citizens for such infractions as going to the pharmacy for medication without proof of prescription in Somerset West, stood by, months later, as violent looters ransacked shopping malls and distribution centres across KwaZulu-Natal...

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