South Africa: COVID-19, Class, Capitalism & China - Cruel Post-Colonial Reality and a Better World for All

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We cannot go back to business as normal after the Covid-19 pandemic is contained. If we do not address the socio-economic realities in South Africa once and for all, there will be another Covid-19 that destroys us all. There is a global reality too, that if all countries don't find ways to enable people to live decent lives, the globe remains vulnerable.

To say the Covid-19 virus has shaken the world would be an understatement. Predictions of the end of the world being through nuclear war or climate change are a dime a dozen, but only a few, such as Bill Gates, saw a virus as being such a threat to humanity. As the REM song goes, "It's the end of the world, as we know it", but unlike in the song, we don't feel fine.

While some of the criticisms of the South African government's response to the virus have merit, the personal attacks on the President and similar responses take us nowhere. They lack substance. The same goes for conspiracy theories. What the virus has shown is that the real underlying issues of the political economy of our country and the developing world in general and of capitalist...

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