It has been 5 days since the President declared that the nation of South Africa would be in a state of disaster due to the world wide pandemic that is Covd 19 or as black Twitter refers to it “Corry” aka Corry V. In that period, schools have closed, people have been panic buying a lot of toilet paper(no surprise there) and hand sanitizers. Old people have been getting mistreated at grocery stores and the media has done its fair share of spreading the fear like wild fire. As I am writing this there are just over 200 confirmed cases of Corona virus in South Africa, in fact 201 cases and 0 fatalities to be exact. The irony is that Corona is Latin for crown. Anyways, to put that number in perspective,the current population of South Africa is over 57 million. But the manner in which we are running for the hills and building bunkers, would have you thinking that half the population is dying from the virus. Now I am not downplaying the seriousness of this pandemic and the potential exponential effect 200 cases could have on the mass, I don’t have to look further to be convinced otherwise, “patient 31” did more than enough to present the case. I just don’t believe that 57 million people are incapable of overcoming a flu like virus. Maybe I am too much of a pessimist to actually believe that Corry V will prevail over us. I wonder what is it about this pandemic that we fear most, is it dying? If it’s dying, then being fearful is just plain stupidity because death is inevitable. As they saying goes “there two certainties in this life, death and taxes”. I mean the only way you can choose how you depart from this world is if you commit suicide. I believe that today is just as good as any other day to die, just as it is as good a day to live. I have it in the back of my mind that this pandemic is just the hurdle that the human race need to come together as a unit. That means doing away with useless qualms and bigotry. As far as I am concerned, we have been having it easy for some time as a human race and have never actually faced a global problem like this one. Yes there have been cases of ebola and other diseases but those affected a few countries more than others,which made other nations oblivious to the need to unite as humanity. I think more than dying, I am deeply concerned about the economic implications this will have on the “have nots” . Most entrepreneurs in the townships and villages depend of physical human interactions for their businesses to make profit: that old lady who sells snacks to school kids at lunch break will not be able to put food on the table for an indefinite period of time. Tarvens and shebeens have their peak traffic at night, the curfew will most definitely leave its mark on the balance sheet. Small Churches depend on large crowds to give their offerings in order to keep running, especially with Easter around the corner. But this is not the end. We need to pull ourselves together and have faith, much more than that we need to act on that faith by doing what we are required to do. I’ll echo Chief justice Mogoeng’s words when he said that those who can pray must do so earnestly and show the country the effect of powerful prayer. Despite the conspiracies that are being thrown up in the air and the media giving projections of the fatalities that might or might not occur,THIS IS NOT THE END! we are going to overcome Covd 19 and come out the other end stronger. We are going to do that by “washing our hands and not touching our faces”. We have no other option but to believe in the victory that lies ahead!
Long Live Love!