- Many people in SA have said the lockdown plans resemble those of communism
- We asked our readers whether they agreed and 63% said yes
- Briefly took a look at some of the reactions and some background on communism ideology
On Monday, Briefly.co.za asked our readers whether they agreed with those who felt the lockdown plans screamed communism.
Several hundred of our readers took part in the poll and the results showed more than half, 63% to be exact, of our readers agreed that the lockdown plans resemble communism.
What is communism?
Communism can be defined as an ideology that aims to create equality in a society by eradicating capitalism.
Capitalism means a handful of rich people and businesses own all the factories, equipment and other resources called "the means of production," Live Science explained.
Communism aims to create a new society with no private property, no economic classes and no profits.
In a communist state, a revolutionary movement should take place where the capitalist economy and political systems are overthrown.
Some of the most notable communist governments are communist China, North Korea and Cuba.
Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at some of our readers' comments to the question, where they substantiate their beliefs.
We looked at the reactions of those who agreed and disagreed that the lockdown plans screamed communism.
Wolf Ohlhof commented:
"This is Dictatorship. Where can you say this is a Democratic country when people's human rights are been violated. We all understand that we need to take precautions and stay at home to prevent further infections, do you not think if citizens have what they need or makes them feel comfortable, cigarettes maybe a drink or two, that they would be more than willing to stay at home. Instead the government deprives them of their constitutional rights of freedom of choice. We adhere to wearing masks and I fully agree with that but let's face the facts a content person will follow the regulations."
Schalk Marais said:
"The Government is unable to show any reasonable, calculated justification for regulations. Instead it is all based on emotion, fear and the hunger for power and control."
Gail Mathabathe wrote:
"In a way yes. Because now we can adjust some things that desperately need change, things that we don't know how to get rid of. We can do it hopefully in a nice subtle way. This way create more jobs and unleash more business opportunities for the citizens of this country."
Bab Dumakude added:
"I think they're trying to restore law and order in the country, because the country has been lawless since the democratic government took over."
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