South Africa: #Lockdown - Compliance and the People's Demands

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The citizens of this country must co-operate with the law without giving up power to those who create and enforce the laws.

This is a spreadsheet where South Africans can state conditions without which the lockdown may worsen the socioeconomic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. If the country's structural vulnerability to this and other crises persists as a result of conditions that will leave the country worse off post the lockdown, then what's the point? Here are what actual citizens are saying:

Don Ross: "Unemployment benefits to be extended to include the three million informal traders. Currently denied."

Megan Natasha Ross: "The alcohol ban must be repealed. It is effectively criminalising those with substance abuse and addiction problems, which is a medical condition, and poses a grave threat to people with alcoholism. Middle-class alcoholics may stockpile before lockdown, but poor and working-class addicts who cannot buy alcohol during the lockdown will be forced to go through withdrawal, without medical support, and could, realistically, die."

To this, Tiah Marie Beautement added, "I have concerns over the children being confined to homes with adults going through nicotine withdrawal. The rage this can evoke is a recipe for disaster. I have concerns of...

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