Covid is Showing us Flames: Fikile Mbalula

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has taken to social media to tell the nation that “Covid is showing us flames.” He urged citizens to “keep safe and take care.”

A few days ago, the Minister said covid is no longer a theory but a reality that hits home. Some say that while he was telling the truth, he might have been insensitive about the matter.

The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the entire globe. Several countries have been or are in some form of lockdown as a way of flattening the curve, or more loosely, reducing the infection rate.

At the time of writing, there are 374,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 195K recoveries and 5173 deaths in South Africa. The country now ranks fifth on the global list of the countries worst affected by the pandemic.

South Africa coronavirus cases

South Africa coronavirus cases | Source / Wikipedia & The New York Times

Covid is showing us flames

The pandemic is taking its toll not just on the global economy, but the fragile fabrics that hold countries and societies together. As the country anticipates more deaths resulting from coronavirus, Gauteng province dug nearly 1.5 million graves in case the worst comes to the worst.

The new virus does not even choose its victims based on status or position. Currently, two ministers – Gwede Mantashe and Thembelani Nxesi – are admitted to hospitals due to Covid-19.

South Africa has been in lockdown since late March though the severity of the rules has been eased to prevent an economic collapse.

The divide between the rich and the poor has been laid bare by the pandemic as millions of people have to hustle each day to get food on the table.

While Mbalula is right to say that “covid is showing us flames,” at least there are some things he doesn’t have to worry about as the poor do.

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