OPINION | The Glenda Gray controversy: Weighing an expert and the reality we accept

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We should all - journalists, scientists, politicians and political commentators, those praying so diligently and uncritically at the feet of the social media gods, be very careful of how we select and accept reality, writes George Claassen.

OPINION | Freedom of speech and public interest, not allegiance, should underpin science advisement to government

2020-05-26 11:42

Rationality and common sense must prevail. Governance concerns aside, the acting DG’s actions towards the MRC President also raise concerns about academic freedom and freedom of expression, which are constitutionally enshrined rights in South Africa, writes Jerome Amir Singh, Adam Habib and Jonathan Jansen.

Ralph Mathekga: We cannot afford for our scientists to be used as a political football

2020-05-26 10:39

If we are going to learn to live with the coronavirus, it is important that government desist from castigating scientists and appreciate the contribution they are making in helping us understand the challenges we are confronted with, writes Ralph Mathekga.

SAMRC board apologises for Prof Gray's comments, bars staff from speaking to media

2020-05-25 08:47

The SA Medical Research Council board has apologised to the Ministerial Advisory Committee for comments made by its president, Professor Glenda Gray, and says it will institute a fact-finding investigation into the "damage" the comments may have caused.

Adriaan Basson: The truth behind THAT interview with Prof Glenda Gray

2020-05-24 07:06

Our duty is not to paper over the obvious cracks in the government's Covid-19 strategy, writes Adriaan Basson.

Academic community comes out in support of Prof Gray following health department threats

2020-05-23 20:10

About 180 members of the scientific community come out in support of Professor Glenda Gray following a request by the health department to launch an investigation into her.

PODCAST | ...ONE MORE THING: Mkhize vs Gray - politicking in lab coats and Ramaphosa's teetering foot soldiers

2020-05-22 19:43

In the 10th episode of ...One More Thing, a weekly podcast anchored by News24 political journalist Tshidi Madia, she chats to analyst Khaya Sithole. Listen.

I didn't criticise the lockdown, but the regulations - Prof Glenda Gray after Mkhize slams criticism

2020-05-21 09:21

Professor Glenda Gray has told News24 that she feels she is being singled out, saying it is 'worrying' after Health Minister Zweli Mkhize slammed her criticism of government's Covid-19 lockdown strategy and regulations.

Adriaan Basson: Gray's anatomy may be exactly what South Africa needed

2020-05-18 06:00

The price we pay for a lockdown - increased malnourishment of children and the poor, disruption of routine vaccination and suspended elective surgery - has become too high, writes Adriaan Basson.

Lockdown fallout: Mkhize defends strategy as scientists are reprimanded for speaking out

2020-05-17 07:13

Experts advising government who have voiced criticism over the implementation of certain Covid-19 lockdown regulations and the phased easing approach, faced a hard-nosed dressing down from health officials during a heated ministerial advisory committee meeting, News24 understands.


Acting health DG Anban Pillay acted 'unconstitutionally' in Glenda Gray fight – top academics

2020-05-26 12:54

Three top academics lambast acting health director general Anban Pillay's comments against Professor Glenda Gray, president of the SAMRC, saying it was calculated to shame and intimidate her.

Glenda Gray 'grateful for support' as SAMRC calls off investigation into her lockdown criticism

2020-05-26 11:31

South African Medical Research Council president and member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee Professor Glenda Gray has expressed her gratitude after the South African Medical Research Council cleared her for recent comments about government's Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

SAMRC investigation into Glenda Gray is a 'witch hunt' - Adam Habib

2020-05-25 12:45

The SAMRC board's decision to investigate Glenda Gray has "crossed the line from holding someone to account to a witch hunt", Adam Habib says.

Adriaan Basson: Ramaphosa wins the day but it's up to us to keep the economy open

2020-05-25 06:00

On Sunday night, Ramaphosa took charge of the crisis and showed the authoritarians in Cabinet that he is still the boss, writes Adriaan Basson.

Covid-19: Another top scientist says experts are being sidelined

2020-05-24 07:01

Another top scientist and member of Health Minister Zweli Mkhize's Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has come out in support of Professor Glenda Gray, accusing the government of not consulting the country's top scientists on lockdown regulations.

Covid-19: Top academics slam govt's 'completely unacceptable', 'chilling' response to Prof Gray

2020-05-23 06:52

The vice-chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand, Adam Habib, and academic Professor Jonathan Jansen took to their respective social media pages on Friday evening to raise concerns about the action taken against Professor Glenda Gray following her public utterances.

'Great feat': SAMRC scientists harvest live coronavirus for validation of test kits

2020-05-21 10:14

Medical experts at the South African Medical Research Council have harvested live coronavirus as an additional control for validating tests, according to a statement issued by the council.

READ IN FULL | Zweli Mkhize's statement on Prof Glenda Gray's criticism of lockdown regulations

2020-05-21 09:16

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize slates Professor Glenda Gray for an “attack” on the government relating to her criticism of the country’s Covid-19 response. Read his statement in full here.

EXPLAINER | How the Ministerial Advisory Committee works in the fight against Covid-19

2020-05-17 08:01

The lockdown measures, as well as social health interventions like hand-washing, physical distancing and mask wearing, have largely been due to the advice of the Ministerial Advisory Committee.

EXCLUSIVE | Unscientific and nonsensical: Top scientist slams government’s lockdown strategy

2020-05-16 06:54

The government's phased exit from the lockdown is nonsensical and unscientific, says one of the top scientists advising it.

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