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Epidemiological Neoliberalism in South Africa


From: The Socialist Register 2022


Vishwas Satgar provides an analysis of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. Satgar argues that as a corrupt and failing state, South Africa was unable, or unwilling, to adequately cushion the shock to a deeply unequal society from the effects of the pandemic. Topics discussed include the extreme social polarization of South Africa, the government’s neoliberal pandemic response, the African National Congress (ANC), austerity, rising authoritarianism, exclusionary nationalism, vandalism, and much more.



Vishwas Satgar

Vishwas Satgar is an Associate Professor of International Relations and principal investigator for Emancipatory Futures Studies in the Anthropocene at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.