The case of South Africa: the societal impact of COVID-19

SOURCE: International Journal of Social Quality
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 1985
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Chetty
KEYWORDS: CORRUPTION, COVID-19, IMPACT STUDY, POVERTY
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 12788
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/18859
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/18859

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Abstract

Multiple crises have emerged in South Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. General well-being is in severe danger from the immediate effects of the virus and the longer-term impact of hunger due to a growing economic crisis. While the working-class majority struggle, there is a political struggle for political power playing out among factions in the ruling party. These tensions flared up in the wake of President Jacob Zuma's imprisonment in July 2021, leading to widespread unrest and destruction. These experiences point to a failing economic system that neglected the poor. If this neglect continues, then this unrest may continue. In making this argument, I base my analysis upon the views of political luminaries such as Neville Alexander, Archie Mafeje, and Roger Southall. Their views are linked to the experiences of many South Africans during the pandemic.