There is no doubt that the world is in deep trouble. The world leaders have no idea what to do. They are throwing everything they have into the problem and hoping that something will work. It is more like bashing the TV set with a fist and hoping that it would get the signal. Let’s face it, things are not going to get better anytime soon. When this whole situation has been figured out, things will not be normal for many people. Businesses will be lost. Jobs will be lost. Crime will increase and still millions will die.
Taking a look at the lockdowns that have been put in place in many parts of the world, they are doing more harm on the economies and people still get infected and many are dying. One of the elephants in the room is Italy. Thousands died in Italy even though there were strict Lockdowns in place.
I am not implying that the lockdowns are not ideal for this situation. On the contrary, the lockdowns are very ideal only if there is strict implementation of the rules and strict police presence in residential areas to ensure that the rules of the lockdowns are followed properly.
In the case of South Africa, the country of my residence, the lockdown will not have many positive results because of a large number of people who have no regard for the law. On the very first day of the Lockdown, the 27th of March 2020, the people were just enjoying life as normal. I thought this was happening in my residential area alone but as it turned out, it was happening in every township. There were no police in sight to ensure that people are staying in their homes.
A few days later the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the South African Police Service (SAPS), were reported to have been arresting people in certain areas of the country. There was a video taken from a smartphone that went viral, showing the soldiers and the police assaulting people who were offending against the lockdown regulations.
The authorities took too long to respond to the spread of the COVID-19. When the virus was reported to have spread to some Asian and European countries, our government officials were asked if they are well prepared to face the virus were it to come to South Africa and their response was very assuring. We lived under the knowledge that our government was ready to handle the virus.
I was very shocked when I learned that there were individuals who were infected. These people had come from Italy. This is where we knew that our government was not ready. If they were ready they would have come up with a plan to keep the virus from entering the country in the first place.
The Good Work Done So Far
I don’t wish to take away from what the government has done already. We have seen our president and his leadership team rising up to respond to the situation. Their move to impose the Lockdowns and to keep the public informed about every decision they have taken and about what is expected from us as a nation deserves a standing ovation. President Cyril Ramaphosa has shown us that he can lead the country very well, despite the hatred leveled against him by the Zuma supporters. We have to agree that the president and his team are doing a good job despite the difficulties.
We can achieve much in the combat against the spread of the COVID-19. The purpose of the lockdown is not to end the COVID19 but is to prevent or reduce the pace at which it spreads. I urge whoever can read this post to adhere to the rules and regulations of the lockdown wherever in the world you are.
Keep safe and stay safe