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OPINION | Covid-19 second wave: We need to be more adult about our behaviour

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Mounted police during beach closures on December 16, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. The beach promenade walk remained open. This follows new lockdown regulations given by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the 14th of December. There was a heavy police presence at Durban beaches to ensure that regulations are adhered to. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images)
Mounted police during beach closures on December 16, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. The beach promenade walk remained open. This follows new lockdown regulations given by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the 14th of December. There was a heavy police presence at Durban beaches to ensure that regulations are adhered to. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

Surely the country that we dream of for ourselves is not one where we have a government that has to behave like a nanny state because we continue to do wrong, writes James de Villiers.

When I was in Grade 11, my high school in the small town of Ceres attempted something that was, in retrospect, radical: Instead of having a long list of rules that pupils would be required to follow, the school adopted a set of values which it encouraged pupils to embrace.

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