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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: Denying a person the right to earn a living is immoral

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: Denying a person the right to earn a living is immoral

OPINION PIECE

GERHARD PAPENFUS – CEO of NEASA

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MAN IN CHARGE: CEO OF NEASA, Gerhard Papenfus

The President, receiving his corpulent salary, and taking part in normal advantages for the duration of the national Covid-19 predicament, on 27 June 2021, made an announcement which resulted in the suspension of commercial activities, denying many South Africans the ability to earn a living.

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“These decisions are made by bureaucrats and politicians who enact not forfeit a single abet through the imposition of these measures. One can simplest marvel what anti-Covid measures would have regarded esteem if the pockets of Government officials had been straight affected.”

Whereas the President, and his National Coronavirus Command Council, obviously imagine that they have the legislative authority to prohibit of us from working, the demand remains whether they have the moral authority to enact so.

Of us perish as a result of the virus, but they also perish as a result of hunger and malnutrition, in this instance, caused by not being accredited to earn a living. Does the authorities regard the one worse than the other?

If an employer or an worker may possibly ask the President how he/she is supposed to dwell to relate the tale, in the absence of the right to work and therefore earn a living in present to sustain themselves and their families, how will the President acknowledge?

If the President does not have a impartial right answer, and after all there is no answer to that demand, then he cannot morally elaborate denying a person the right to work and earn a living.

Doing so can never be justified!

Gerhard Papenfus is the Chief Executive of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA).

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: Denying a person the right to earn a living is immoral