'To hell with government keeping us indoors like kids' - Mbhazima Shilowa on lockdown
Former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa is the latest to weigh in on the level 4 lockdown restrictions, calling for an end to what he calls a “dictatorship”.
On Tuesday, Shilowa joined a number of politicians in criticising the rationality of the lockdown under the Disaster Management Act.
Shilowa questioned the government’s decisions to reopen some industries while leaving others out. He also suggested that the government was controlling and treating citizens like children.
“So if it is OK to allow all factories, mines and shops to open, why not metro rail, shosholoza mail, schools and legislatures?”
“To hell with government keeping us indoors like we are kids. We will not allow a dictatorship to rule us. No more working from home, straight to office,” Shilowa tweeted.
So if it is OK to allow all factories, mines and shops to open, why not metro rail, shosholoza mail, schools & legislatures. To hell with government keeping us indoors like we are kids. We will not allow a dictatorship to rule us! No more working from home, straight to office— Mbhazima Shilowa (@Enghumbhini) May 19, 2020
He also took a “sarcastic” jab at TV and radio personality Redi Tlhabi, after EWN's report that correctional services minister Ronald Lamola was seeking to review, repeal and replace apartheid-era laws.
Maybe it’s a Taurean thing @RediTlhabi possession of a memory bank. The debate on the Ingonyama Trust that parliament is skirting around emanates from their report on apartheid era legislation that must go. But it seems media, political parties and the Minister aren’t aware.— Mbhazima Shilowa (@Enghumbhini) May 19, 2020
Tlhabi “sarcastically” replied to the jab.
Memory significant, not only in the life of the story but public perception & interpretation. It has significant implications for positions we take on an issue. It protects us from manipulation by power. But here we are, with ahistorical reportage doing the work of propaganda https://t.co/PzsYuELwUj— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) May 19, 2020