COVID-19: South Africa’s social divide and economic woes exposed
09 June 2020 | 12:53 pm
The pandemic has unearthed South Africa's stark social and economic differences between rich and poor. Experts say the crisis has worsened the country's ailing economy, as the government flounders to find a solution.
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