Covid-19 and the virulence of global capitalism – the poor are on the frontline

The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the intricate machinery necessary to keep global capitalism in motion. It has also revealed the inequalities central to the system. South Africa faces the risk of deepening existing inequalities and placing the urban poor at the frontline of the pandemic during the lockdown. But there are also glimmers of hope for more just futures and alternative value systems.