Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe writes in a City Press article that success during crises depends on two critical attributes in a polity: legitimacy of, and trust in, the leadership and the capacity of the state to implement desired measures.

He argues that there are weaknesses galore, including instances of security force brutality and micromanagement of easing of economic restrictions. Government needs always to demonstrate clear logic behind its decisions on the risk-adjusted strategy, lest societal trust is squandered.