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This article was completed before President Ramaphosa announced the national lock-down on 23 March. The measures he announced, and the direction of these measures, continued his policy of private sector leadership of the fight…

“In the long history of ruling class responses to disasters, pandemics and catastrophes, nothing tells us more about the general approach of these classes than the way they allocate resources to these catastrophes…”

“The lack of infrastructure in working class communities to deal with COVID-19 and the government’s refusal to take any measures or mobilise the forces and resources needed will pose a great challenge…”