EDITORIAL | Covid and lives be damned, all politicians want is votes
Manifesto launches ahead of local polls, in the midst of Covid-19, prove politicos only care about themselves
We should have known it would come to this. Given a choice to play by the book or throw caution to the wind, risk lives and possibly send the country back into a stricter lockdown, politicians will always serve themselves first.
As parties contest for a share of voice in the public sphere, victory in the upcoming local government elections is elevated over doing the right thing.
And so it was that when the EFF staged its manifesto launch at Gandhi Square in Johannesburg, its members ignored sensible Covid-19 protocols. When ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa took his party’s campaign to Ekurhuleni at the weekend, his focus was more on the ANC’s connection with the people than their health, something he has impressed upon us with monotonous regularity at his so-called family meetings. ..