PODCAST | …ONE MORE THING: Politics in the time of corona - can we trust Ramaphosa in this crisis?

Listen to ...One More Thing with Tshidi Madia - a new podcast by News24.
Listen to ...One More Thing with Tshidi Madia - a new podcast by News24.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation on Sunday as uncertainty continues to grow among South Africans during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

On Saturday, the number of confirmed cases of the virus had risen to 240.

In the first episode of ...One More Thing, a weekly podcast, News24 senior political journalist Tshidi Madia unpacks the politics and polices around the novel coronavirus.

Cases of local transmission are rising and South Africans seem most concerned about what will happen when the virus hits public transport, crowded inner cities, informal settlements and townships.

To discuss some of these hot-button issues, Madia is joined in studio by analyst and Oxford graduate Khaya Sithole.

"People are travelling and they are interacting with strangers... they cannot sanitise themselves, cannot keep a distance, it's a fundamental problem. We know how the train system works where there is overcrowding... and we see with the taxi ranks, hygiene has never been a thing. That's where the biggest risk is," Sithole said.

"This is probably the most important ministry for us to focus on."

Later, News24 political journalist Lizeka Tandwa joins the conversation to give a picture of what political engagement could look like in the age of coronavirus.

Last Sunday, Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.

Under this act spreading fake news about the coronavirus can land you in jail for up to six months. All bars, shebeens and some restaurants must also close at 18:00 under strict new state rules.

Listen to the episode on SoundCloud here:

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