Established patterns of human behaviour are seemingly ignored in government’s response to the pandemic, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
South Africa's failure to properly manage the Covid-19 pandemic is a clear sign that we are far from creating a capable state. The capable state was envisaged in the National Development Plan produced by the National Planning Commission chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, then businessman and now president.
What complicates the creation of a state that is efficient and responsive (capable) is that Covid-19 found us at our weakest moments in key aspects: An underperforming economy; all spheres of government run by people interested in self-enrichment than public welfare; and citizens who have decided to behave badly like government representatives. This combination was always bound to produce disaster.