A good way to gauge the logic behind our government’s decision to extend the State of Disaster by a month is to survey what the top health experts in South Africa are saying about it – and two of our highly-renowned professors aren’t happy at all. In fact, that is putting it mildly…
Medical experts slam government for ‘weak excuses’
A dispute over future regulations regarding COVID-19 has allegedly delayed the conclusion of our State of Disaster laws. The legislation now merely exists as a blunt tool that can be used to threaten the public with lockdowns, and according to some of our best scientific minds, the government has got this one wrong.
Dr. Jo Barnes, a senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University, slammed the Cabinet for providing ‘weak excuses’. She is openly questioning if the ANC has any exit strategy from lockdown at all…
“Every time we see an extension, the excuses given seem to be getting weaker and weaker. They’ve known for two years that we are in a State of Disaster which to my mind is a misuse of the National Disaster Management Act. Why have they not started preparing this earlier? It looks as if they are just postponing and postponing…”
Dr. Jo Barnes
State of Disaster latest: Top professor slams extension of lockdown
Meanwhile, Wits University Vaccinology Professor Shabir Madhi has been a vocal opponent of keeping restrictions for some time now. He renewed his hostilities with the State of Disaster act, calling Ramaphosa and his colleagues ‘foolish’ for extending it again. In his view, the remaining restrictions ‘have no value whatsoever’.
“The decision to extend the State of Disaster in SA is indicative of the NCCC being devoid of any understanding of the pandemic and flight of fantasy of what needs to be done without any clear goal in mind. “
“Somehow, they foolishly still believe in being able to prevent infections. Predictable, given it’s record. But vaccinating 90% of people over 50 will put us in a much better state than these types of existing regulations… that have no value.”
Professor Shabir Madhi