In March 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic led President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce a state of national disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act. Strict lockdown regulations instituted under this legislation had a clear bearing on human rights.
To provide insight into the public’s views of the national lockdown and the varied impacts of the pandemic, the University of Johannesburg and Human Sciences Research Council (UJ/HSRC) developed and administered the online COVID-19 Democracy Survey in three rounds between April 2020 and January 2021, using the #datafree Moya Messenger App on the biNu platform. The overall sample size across the three survey rounds was 30 896, and the data were weighted to align with StatsSA’s 2016 Community Survey, meaning that the results are broadly indicative of the attitudes and behaviour of the South African population.
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